- Dozens of firefighters were called to a blaze at a building next to Saudi Arabia’s embassy in central London on Friday morning.
- The fire broke out at a restaurant next to the embassy.
- Dramatic footage shows flames moving along the side of a building, sending a plume of black smoke.
- No injuries have been reported.
- The cause of the fire is not known yet.
A large fire broke out in a building next door to Saudi Arabia’s embassy in London on Friday morning.
The fire broke out around 9 a.m. local time at a restaurant on Chesterfield Street, which is perpendicular to Curzon Street, where the Saudi embassy is located. It is located in the ritzy London neighbourhood of Mayfair.
The restaurant is located on the ground floor, and had apartments above it, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement.
Footage on social media showed flames moving along the side of a building, sending a plume of black smoke around the area.
Major fire next to the Saudi Embassy on Curzon Street Mayfair. Fire engines arriving pic.twitter.com/v5jEJKrdxb
— Jimbo (@jimmy007boy) November 2, 2018
It’s not clear if anyone was in the building. No injuries have been reported so far, the London Metropolitan Police told Business Insider.
The cause of the fire is not known yet.
Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to the scene, the fire brigade said. Police were called at 9:23 a.m.
— Trevor Moore (@HappyHumanistUK) November 2, 2018
David Yelland, who was on the scene, described seeing a plume of smoke and smelling a “real stink.”
Seems be smoke (but no fire) at London Saudi Embassy. Real stink and Curzon Street is getting smokey too. Odd. pic.twitter.com/krGh6gUOZn
— David Yelland (@davidyelland) November 2, 2018