Late last night, there was a gas explosion at the Hyatt Regency Churchill, in London, England, around 11:40pm in the basement of the hotel. All 500 guests at the hotel were evacuated and are currently being put up at neighboring hotels.
Per the BBC news: At least 14 people were injured in a suspected gas explosion at a luxury hotel in central London. The five-star Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, in Portman Square, Marylebone, 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.
Fire officers and gas engineers are ensuring the scene is safe so guests can be allowed back into the hotel. Another nine people who sustained injuries were treated at the scene. London Fire Brigade said the explosion happened at about 23:40 GMT in the basement of the hotel, causing part of the building to collapse.
About 80 firefighters were at the scene, including appliances with specialist equipment to deal with collapsed buildings. London Fire Brigade said at the height of the incident about 500 people were evacuated. The hotel has more than 400 guest rooms.
A hotel spokesman said that no guests were harmed, but that 12 staff were treated for injuries. It said that guests were accommodated in other hotels while the damage was being assessed. Dennis Luwer, who lives opposite the hotel, said a hole had been blown in the side of the building. He said: “It’s been pretty intense. We just came home and saw lots of people standing outside.
The Hyatt Regency Churchill is doing everything they can to accommodate guests that were staying at the property when this occurred, as well as those that have upcoming stays. If you are staying at the property this week, I would recommend contacting the hotel prior to check the status of your reservation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured hotel staff at the Hyatt.