Investigation underway after London hotel blast

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Investigations were continuing today at a top London hotel following a major gas explosion that reportedly originated in the kitchens.

14 people were injured and more than 400 were evacuated after the blast in the early hours of Saturday morning at the five-star Hyatt Regency Churchill in Marylebone.

London Fire Brigade said the explosion occurred in the hotel basement, with the BBC subsequently reporting that it happened in the hotel’s kitchens.

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The hotel hasn’t made any comment on those reports but on its website today it confirmed that it remains closed while investigations are carried out.

“We are currently working to provide guests with accommodations and are cooperating with local authorities to determine the extent of the damage at the hotel and to understand the cause of the incident.

“We apologise for the inconvenience to our guests and those with upcoming reservations at the hotel, and are grateful to the hotel staff and local authorities who are providing assistance at the site.”

London Fire Brigade said the blast had caused “extensive damage” to the basement and the ground floor. Five cars in a neighbouring street were also damaged.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters attended the incidents, as well as search and rescue and hazardous materials teams.

The National Grid was on the scene yesterday as work began to establish the exact cause of the blast.

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