No injuries from London hotel fire yet reported

Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky on Wednesday afternoon

Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky on Wednesday afternoon

In a statement, the London fire brigade said: "The brigade was called at 3.55pm".

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. It says 15 fire engines and 97 firefighters are at the scene.

Fire crews state they are no reports of any injuries following the fire.

TV presenter Anna Whiteley a took to Twitter to announce that she had been evacuated from the hotel.

At least 12 storeys are reportedly on fire. Firefighters were "working extremely hard to bring the fire under control" and likely to be on the scene for several hours, Fire Brigade Station Manager Pam Oparaocha said.

There are 181 rooms in the hotel.

Roads between Scotch Corner and Hyde Park Corner have been closed while emergency services deal with the blaze.

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"It seemed to suddenly get worse as it ignited and we could see flames on the side of the building".

Penelope Evans, 50, from Battersea in south London, was leaving Harrods when she noticed the blaze.

While the cause of the fire has not been publically confirmed, witnesses described seeing smoke near the site where workers were repairing the 116-year-old building's roof.

USA tourist Eric Bantug, 47, a financial services worker visiting from Las Vegas, said: "I was just coming up from the Tube and smelled the fire". There were hundreds of fire engines, ambulances, police racing by and helicopters overhead.

Knightsbridge is shut down between Sloane Street and Grosvenor Place.

The Mandarin Oriental has had a long relationship with the Royal Family and it hosted a gala dinner before the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Transport for London also tweeted about the effect the fire has had on the nearest tube station.

"Customers are advised to use the Harrods entrance".

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