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    Firefighters tackle a blaze at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, central London, Britain, june 6, 2018

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    The fire department is reporting that a huge fire has set 12 story Mandarin Oriental hotel in central London ablaze. Black smoke has begun to spread over the city. The cause of the blaze is not yet unknown.

    The local police services reported that the hotel was being evacuated and it was not yet known whether there had been any injuries.

    Roads in the area have been closed in order to help the emergency services respond to the fire.

    "A4 Knightsbridge btwn A3216 Sloane Street (Scotch Corner) + A302 Grosvenor Place (Hyde Park Corner) — Road closed, both ways, while the emergency services respond to a building fire," the local transport service stated on Twitter.

    Earlier, the London Fire Brigade stated that some 20 fire engines and around 120 firefighters and officers were tackling a fire on the roof of a hotel.

    "Firefighters are at the scene of a very visible fire in #Knightsbridge We've taken more than 35 calls to the blaze," the London Fire Brigade reported via Twitter.

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