Fire breaks out at Mandarin Oriental hotel in central London

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The volume of black smoke billowing from a fire at London’s Mandarin Oriental has gone down significantly after about an hour.

Earlier, video footage showed smoke billowing from the roof of the hotel in London’s ritzy Knightsbridge area.

The fire brigade says it was called just before 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) to the 12-story hotel. It says 20 fire engines and 120 firefighters are at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The hotel says: “As the situation is still unfolding, we have no further details to share at this time, but will provide an update soon.”

The thick plumes from the fire could be seen for miles earlier.

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