Mandarin Oriental says it is unclear how long the Hyde Park
hotel in London will be closed following a fire on June 6. It is encouraging
guests with upcoming reservations to find alternative accommodations.
In a statement on its web site, the company confirmed that
all guests and employees were safe and accounted for after the Wednesday
afternoon fire that sent up thick clouds of black smoke that were visible for
More than 120 firefighters fought the blaze, which also
created rush-hour chaos in the Knightsbridge district.
The Associated Press said 36 guests and 250 employees were
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but fire officials
said it was thought to have spread from a part of the facade that supports
vegetation and plants to several floors of the hotel before it was
extinguished, the fire brigade said.
The BBC reports the hotel had just a week ago completed the
most extensive renovation in the 115-year-old hotel's history.