The Hotel Mandarin Oriental, a luxury establishment located in the center of London, has suffered a fire this Wednesday causing a major upheaval in the British capital, but without leaving victims.
Images disseminated by social networks show a column of smoke emanating from this historic twelve-story building located in Knightsbridge.
“People were in shock, everyone started to get out of the street,” said Penelope Evans, who was buying at a nearby Harrods store.
The property has been evacuated immediately and workers and guests have been moved to Hyde Park, where bottles of water have been provided.
Up to the site, 120 firefighters and 20 trucks have been moved. The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to a spokesman for the civil protection body, quoted by the public broadcaster BBC.
The flames have devoured the Oriental Mandarin weeks after renovation works were completed. “The most extensive restoration in its 115 years of history,” the hotel said at the time.
Princess Anne was scheduled to attend the dinner for the 50th anniversary of the Blues and Royals Club. The British royal family has used this hotel before.