Fire breaks out in London's Mandarin Oriental hotel
One of London's most celebrated five-star hotels, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park exudes an enticing mix of elegance and luxury. The hotel had celebrated its grand reopening on May 29 after undergoing the most extensive and costly multi-million pound renovation and refurbishment of the entire hotel in its 115-year history.
The hotel offers, among many other things, a fashionable and timeless base complete with world-famous restaurants and a stunning spa in the heart of the British capital. Unfortunately, the historic hotel in central London was the site of a massive fire Wednesday afternoon.
The London Fire Brigade sent 20 engines and 120 firefighters to the scene, where they battled the blaze. Police were evacuating the building in Knightsbridge - famous British pop singer Robbie Williams was among the evacuated. Originally it was unclear if anyone was trapped or injured, but it seems that the combination of luck and speedy response ensured the safe outcome for the hotel’s clients.
Streets between Scotch Corner and Hyde Park Corner were closed while emergency services dealt with the fire. A spokesperson for the Mandarin Oriental hotel’s parent company told the press that they were “aware of a situation at the hotel and London Fire Brigade are at the scene.” Witnesses on the scene took photos of smoke billowing from the historic building and shared them on social media.
Staff at the hotel slammed the evacuation process and the lack of information provided to them in the wake of the blaze which engulfed the top of the luxury hotel. So far no casualties have been reported.