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Massive fire in Knightsbridge hotel

07 June, 2018, 11:47 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky on Wednesday afternoon

The global chain said it will update shareholders in July about the impact of the fire.

Plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the hotel's rooftop, and were visible as far away as Hackney.

"We ran down the stairs and went and got the scaffolder out of the loading bay".

"The staff was brilliant, there was someone on every corner directing us out".

"This is actually happening", a hotel guest wrote, posting a video which saw many fleeing down the fire escape from the burning building. "There was ash raining down on Knightsbridge, right opposite Harvey Nichols". As per the news reports, around 20 fire tenders have been dispatched to the scene of the fire.

London Fire Brigade station manager Pam Oparaocha said: "Firefighters are working extremely hard to bring the fire under control".

In a £185m refit, the hotel was kitted out with new bedrooms, public areas, restaurants and dining spaces and a new spa.

The 250 hotel employees evacuated to nearby Hyde Park were given bottles of water as they waited for instructions.

Black smoke has begun to spread over the city.

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Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles.

Penelope Evans, 50, from Battersea in south London, was leaving Harrods when she noticed the blaze.

"There were hundreds of fire engines, ambulances, police racing by and helicopters overhead".

London Fire Brigade said fifteen fire engines and 97 firefighters and officers have been called to the fire at the luxury hotel - just days after it reopened following a refurbishment.

Parts of the busy Knightsbridge Underground station were also closed as a precaution. Customers are advised to use the Harrods entrance.

Roads between Scotch Corner and Hyde Park Corner have been closed while emergency services deal with the fire.

Rooms at the exclusive Mandarin Oriental - which sits at the top of the exclusive shopping district and has views of Hyde Park - start at £600 per night.

Opened in 1889, the hotel has 173 rooms and 25 suites - it was featured on a through-the-keyhole Channel 4 programme in 2017.

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