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120 firefighters battle hotel fire in Knightsbridge

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Smoke rises from a building in Knightsbridge central London as London Fire Brigade responded to a call of a fire in this upmarket location

More than 100 firefighters were sent to tackle the fire at the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel, in the exclusive Knightsbridge district of the United Kingdom capital.

Video footage shows smoke billowing from the roof of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London's ritzy Knightsbridge area.

Deputy Commissioner Director of Safety and Assurance Steve Apter said: "Once again, the skills, professionalism and quality of London Fire Brigade was tested at a challenging fire. This is at the request of the emergency services". Fire crews from Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Battersea and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

Plumes of smoke could be seen right across the capital as far as Hackney.

London Fire officials have revealed they were alerted to the blaze at just before 4pm local time.

A major fire has broken out at a hotel near Hyde Park in central London.

The Mandarin Oriental is home to the two-Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal restaurant, as well as Daniel Boulud's Bar Boulud.

A TV presenter, Anna Whiteley, in a tweet revealed that she was evacuated from the hotel.

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It's not clear what caused the blaze.

A huge blaze tore across the roof of one of London's top hotels Wednesday, just days after it announced the completion of a multi-million-dollar renovation project. There are no reports of injuries. Crews were expected to remain at the scene overnight, she said.

Smoke appears on the London skyline as fire takes hold at London's Mandarin Oriental hotel.

The Brigade said it received almost 40 calls about the fire, and sent 20 fire engines with crews from Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith and Battersea to the scene.

The luxury hotel is located between Hyde Park and the Knightsbridge shopping district.

"I saw all this black smoke coming from the sky, it was covering everything and the smell was horrendous".

Knightsbridge has been closed between Sloane Street and Grosvenor Place.

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