A large fire broke out next to Saudi Arabia's embassy in London

jimmy007boy/TwitterA building caught fire next door to the Saudi embassy in London on Friday morning.
  • 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.

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.

David Yelland, who was on the scene, described seeing a plume of smoke and smelling a “real stink.”

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