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100 firefighters combating huge fire at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel

100 firefighters combating huge fire at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Almost 100 firefighters are attending a major fire at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Hyde Park in the wealthy borough of Knightsbridge. It comes just weeks after the luxury hotel completed an extensive renovation.

Twenty fire engines and 120 firefighters are currently at the scene trying to extinguish the blaze, London’s Fire Brigade has reported.

Transport for London said roads have been closed as emergency services deal with the incident.

The luxury five star hotel has recently undergone a £185 million refit, including new bedrooms, public areas, restaurants and a spa.

Witnesses in the area have said there is “ash falling all over the roads.”

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Fifteen fire engines and 97 firefighters and officers have been called to a visible fire in William Street in Knightsbridge.

“The Brigade’s 999 control officers have taken more than 35 calls to the fire, which is producing a lot of smoke.

“The Brigade was called at 1555. Fire crews from Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Battersea and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is a five-star hotel, located in the Knightsbridge district of London, owned and managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Housed in an historic, Edwardian-style building, the property originally opened its doors to the public as the Hyde Park Hotel in 1902. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group purchased it in 1996 and conducted a complete renovation of the 198 rooms and suites, as well as a re-design of the restaurants and bar. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London re-opened in May 2000. The property was damaged in a major fire on 6 June 2018.

Overlooking London’s Hyde Park on one side and Knightsbridge on the other, the property was originally built in 1889 as an exclusive ‘Gentleman’s Club’.

The project, originally known as Hyde Park Court, was announced in August 1887 but was delayed by endless planning disagreements, the most notable dispute being the proposed height of the development, which was to be the tallest building in London.