Video: Around 100 fight blaze in London hotel

Smoke rises from a building in Knightsbridge, central London, as London Fire Brigade responded to a call of a fire in this upmarket location, Wednesday June 6, 2018.

London:  120 firefighters are at the scene of a hotel fire in Knightsbridge, the London Fire Brigade said on Wednesday.


Twenty fire engines and 120 firefighters and officers have been called to a blaze on the roof of a hotel in Knightsbridge, central London, the London Fire Brigade said on Wednesday.

The cause of the blaze was not yet known, it added.

Video footage shows smoke billowing from the roof of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London’s ritzy Knightsbridge area.

The fire brigade says it was called just before 4pm (1500 GMT) to the 12-storey hotel. It says 15 fire engines and 97 firefighters were sent to the scene.

Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles. The major road in front of the hotel has been closed, causing rush-hour traffic chaos in that part of London.

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The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Contacted by AFP, the Mandarin Oriental press service could not be reached.

Roads were closed off at Scotch Corner and Hyde Park Corner, busy junctions near the hotel – an Edwardian-style building that opened its doors in 1902 and was bought by Mandarin Oriental in 1996.

The hotel has 198 rooms and suites.

 

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