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Fire breaks out at London's five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel

The fire comes days after it was announced that a "multi-million pound restoration" of the 115-year-old Knightsbridge property had been completed

London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel is on fire [image by Evening Standard | Twitter/StandardNews].
London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel is on fire [image by Evening Standard | Twitter/StandardNews].

A fire has broken out at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel in the UK.

Social media users shared images of a fire in central London, which was later confirmed to have started at the Knightsbridge hotel.

READ: Lessons to learn from London tower fire, says UAE expert

International outlets are reporting that 120 firefighters are battling the blaze, the cause of which is yet unknown. 

Last week, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced the completion of a "multi-million pound restoration" of the facility, designed as the "most extensive" exercise of its kind carried out for the 115-year-old hotel.

In a tweet following, the hotel group said it would provide updates once it had "more information to share".

Two Mandarin Oriental hotel facilities are currently under development in Dubai, both of which are backed by Wasl Group

Additionally, the UAE's Eagle Hills is developing what will be Oman's first Mandarin Oriental property, due to open in 2021.

The Mandarin Oriental fire in London follows the Grenfell Tower blaze that broke out almost exactly a year ago, in the aftermath of which, questions were raised about fire safety in the UK

At the time, multiple victims and eyewitnesses reported failings in Grenfell's fire alarm system and the rapid spread of the fire up the building’s cladding.

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