14 Injured After Hyatt Regency London Gas Explosion
A gas explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill hotel resulted in the evacuation of over 500 guests overnight on Friday.
The explosion, which took place at 11:40 p.m. local time, caused part of the building to collapse.
Reports in the London press indicated that 80 firefighters were at the scene, including specialists in dealing with collapsed buildings. All guests were accounted for, according to a statement from the London Fire Brigade.
A spokesman for the hotel told ITV that no guests were harmed by the explosion but said that 12 staff members were being treated for injuries. London Ambulance Service initially said it treated 12 people for injuries caused by the blast but later revised that figure to 14. A BBC journalist reported that the explosion was believed to have taken place in the hotel’s kitchen.
The hotel released a statement saying that its “top priority is the safety and well-being of our guests and associates,” adding that it is “currently working to provide guests with accommodations while we evaluate whether the hotel suffered any significant damage.”
The hotel’s website is not accepting reservations for future stays at this time, displaying a message stating “The hotel is not available for your requested travel dates.”
The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is on Portman Square in central London and first opened in 1970 as a Loews property. It became the Churchill-InterContinental in 1998 and became a Hyatt in 2004.
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