Fire at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London fire
Photo by John Stillwell/PA via AP/Newscred

Just days after completing a multimillion-dollar renovation project, a “huge blaze” has broken out on the roof of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, according to multiple sources, including CNN.

The hotel has released the following statement via Twitter: "Thank you for your messages and for thinking of us. The situation at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is still unfolding. We will provide an update once we have more information to share."

About 120 firefighters were reported to be on scene at the five-star hotel in the Knightsbridge neighborhood, with traffic in the area being brought to a standstill. Reports of the fire began just before 4 p.m. local time.

The hotel says it believes that all guests have been evacuated and there are no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries. There are also several residences on property and the exact number of residents is being ascertained, says CNN.

BBC’s Frankie McCamley spoke to several members of the staff but no one is sure of how the fire started.

A Twitter user, Anna Whiteley, who was at the hotel when the fire broke out, says she was impressed by the hotel’s efforts to evacuate all guests in an organized manner.

As part of the renovation, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London renovated all of its guestrooms and suites, “infusing accommodations with Art Deco glamour.” Last year, a new reception and lobby area were unveiled. A polished aluminum sculpture by Fredrikson Stallard and blown glass pieces by San Min Lee serve as focal points.

Earlier this spring, the hotel’s new spa, designed by Adam D. Tihany, opened. There are 14 treatment rooms, a Rasul water temple, a Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio, an Amethyst Crystal steam room, Sanarium, Vitality Pool and Zen Color Therapy Relaxation Area.

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