Hotel explosion: Hyatt Regency The Churchill in London
Guests say, it's chaos. Part of the Hyatt Regency in London collapsed last night and a hole had been blown in the side of the building. after an explosion in this almost sold out luxury hotel.
Guests say, it’s chaos. Part of the Hyatt Regency in London collapsed last night and a hole had been blown in the side of the building. after an explosion in this almost sold out luxury hotel. The explosion in the hotel’s basement caused part of the building to collapse, London Fire Brigade said.
Hyatt management last night said: “Hyatt’s top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our guests and associates, and we are currently working to provide guests with accommodations while we evaluate whether the hotel received any significant damage.
About 500 people were moved to nearby hotels after the explosion at about 23:40 GMT. The hotel has more than 400 guest rooms.
The hotel was evacuated following the blast shortly before midnight.
London Ambulance Service said five of the injured were taken to hospital, including two with leg wounds.
The hotel is usually a favorite among visitors from the Gulf region.
The Hyatt Regency London located in the heart of the city 2 minutes walk from the Marble Arch Tube station was the scene of an explosion today.
People staying at the hotel said the building shook.
The hotel states on its website: Hyatt Regency London The Churchill experienced a small gas explosion in the basement early this morning. Twelve Hyatt associates are being treated for injuries. No guests were injured, and all guests were evacuated to nearby hotels.
The National Grid is trying to identify the cause of the blast, while London Fire Brigade said it is believed to have been caused by a gas leak, and is carrying out its own investigation.
About 80 firefighters went to the blast, including fire engines with specialist equipment to deal with collapsed buildings.
Raymond Reyes, a guest at the hotel, described the scene to BBC as “chaos” after the blast happened.
“The floor shook and there was a loud explosion simultaneously. The power went out, it was pitch dark,” he said.
BBC journalist Richard Main, of BBC London 94.9, said it was understood the explosion had happened in the hotel’s kitchens.
A terror attack can be ruled out.
The Hyatt Regency Churchill was also the home for eTurboNews publisher and editor in chief last month for two projects before and after the World Travel Market.