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More than 100 firefighters tackle blaze at London’s Mandarin Oriental hotel

07 June 2018, 12:33 | Darnell Patrick

The fire is believed to have broken out in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Capital’s West End

Almost 100 firefighters called to huge blaze at five-star hotel in Knightsbridge

The area is now closed between Scotch Corner and Hyde Park Corner because of the fire, while London Fire Brigade tweeted that 120 firefighters were battling the blaze at the 12-floor hotel.

The hotel has just finished the most extensive and costly refurbishment in its 115-year history, with rooms only re-opening to the public on May 29.

London Fire Brigade said 15 fire engines and 97 fire fighters had been sent to tackle the blaze.

Almost 100 firefighters are battling a "massive blaze" at five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel in upmarket Knightsbridge, London, according to the Mirror.

No casualties have been reported at time of writing.

The hotel group said it believed that all guests had been evacuated.

Images on Twitter show large plumes of black smoke filling the London skyline, with many taking to the social media site to share their own shocking images of the nightmare blaze.

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London Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Police also attended the scene.

It is not yet known why or how the fire broke out, but "fire crews from Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Battersea" and other fire stations are present. The hotel has been evacuated.

The volume of black smoke billowing from a fire at London's Mandarin Oriental has gone down significantly after about an hour.

"Firefighters are likely to be there throughout the evening and once the fire has been brought under control fire investigators will take over to establish how the blaze started".

A spokesman for the hotel said they would provide an update as soon as they could.

Inside the exclusive hotel you can find Heston Blumenthal's celebrated restaurant Dinner, Bar Boulud, London and the Mandarin Bar.

The Queen hosted an event at the Mandarin Oriental for British and foreign royals ahead of the wedding of her grandson Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011.

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