Fire broke out at the luxury Metropolitan by Como hotel in London's Park Lane last night, leading to the evacuation of almost 200 hotel guests, 120 staff, and diners at downstairs restaurant Nobu London.
No-one was hurt as first-floor scaffolding on the 144-bedroom, 19-suite hotel caught alight early in the evening, although the London Fire Brigade (LFB) confirmed the incident had caused some damage to the exterior of the building.
The LFB wrote via Twitter that six fire engines and 35 firefighters had been on the scene, who had got the fire under control by 6.30pm.
Diners booked for the evening service at Nobu London were redirected to the nearby Nobu Berkeley Street as the restaurant closed its doors following the incident.
A statement last night from Nobu London read: "A fire broke out on scaffolding at the Metropolitan Hotel, one level above Nobu London. The exterior suffered minimal damage and no one was hurt. Nobu London closed for dinner service and redirected all bookings to Nobu Berkeley Street. They expect to trade [today, Wednesday 4 March] at lunch time."
LFB station manager Clive Robinson stated last night: "Around 180 residents and 120 members of staff evacuated before the arrival of the Brigade, fortunately there were no injuries.
Firefighters will remain at the scene carrying out salvage work inside the property on the ground and first floor."
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