The Mandarin Oriental in London’s Hyde Park has expressed its appreciation to its supporters and the emergency services following a fire that broke out yesterday afternoon.
The blaze began around 16.00 yesterday and smoke was seen billowing out from the roof of the five-star hotel across London.
The London Fire Brigade deployed 120 firefighters and 20 engines to the scene in Knightsbridge and closed the surrounding roads to get everybody to safety.
36 hotel guests – including singer Robbie Williams – and 250 members of staff were successfully evacuated and there has been no reports of any injuries at this stage.
The fire began on the roof and spread across ‘a vertical façade for plants and vegetation and into several floors of the hotel’ a LFB spokesperson told the BBC.
It was extinguished shortly before 22.00 on Wednesday while some crews remained at the scene during the night.
Twitter users were quick to post pictures of the fire as it happened, with many praising the efforts of staff during the evacuation.
The owners posted this statement on the Mandarin Oriental homepage:
“On the afternoon of 6 June a fire broke out at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. The fire has been extinguished and all guests and colleagues are safe and accounted for.
“We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has conveyed their concern about this sad incident and we also thank the emergency services for their swift response. We are working closely with them to ensure the safety of the building and to assess the full extent of the damage.
“Hotel guests are being accommodated at other hotels in the vicinity and we are in the process of assisting future guests with alternative accommodation until such time that we are ready to re-open.
“It is too early at the present stage to assess the full extent of the damage. A full investigation is underway and will take time to complete.
“Further updates will be issued as appropriate.”
The hotel recently completed a two-year, £185m renovation – the biggest in its 115-year history – with a bedrooms, a spa and dining room all given a revamp.