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Mandarin Oriental blaze: Robbie Williams among guests evacuated

Around 36 hotel guests and 250 members of hotel staff, including singer Robbie Williams, were evacuated from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel yesterday after a fire broke out.

Firefighters are likely to remain at the scene throughout the day (June 7) and fire investigators will then take over to establish how the blaze started. A spokesperson from the hotel said: “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.”

Pam Oparaocha, the station manager who was at the scene, said at the time: “The smoke from this large fire was very visible across central London and we received a number of emergency calls.

“Firefighters worked extremely hard in exceptionally hot conditions to bring the fire under control. Crews wearing breathing apparatus carried out search and rescue operations throughout the inside of the building.”

Steve Apter, deputy commissioner and director of safety and assurance, added: “Once again, the skills, professionalism and quality of London Fire Brigade was tested at a challenging fire in Knightsbridge today. Really proud to be able to see first hand the team at it’s best.”

The property recently completed the most extensive restoration in its 115-year history. As part of the renovation, the five-star hotel’s façade was revitalised, and designer Joyce Wang had transformed the lobby lounge and reception area.

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