Dozens of firefighters tackle hotel fire in Paddington, central London

Ten fire engines rushed to the blaze  (London Fire Brigade)
Ten fire engines rushed to the blaze (London Fire Brigade)

Dozens of firefighters battled to control a blaze at a five-storey hotel in central London.

Thick, grey plumes of smoke filled the air as London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called to the scene in Craven Road near Paddington railway station at 4.41pm on Thursday.

Half of the hotel’s ground floor was ablaze at the peak of the fire and neighbouring properties were evacuated, fire chiefs said.


The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

LFB said 10 fire engines, including a fire rescue unit and a 32-metre turntable ladder, were at the scene.

Crews totalling around 70 firefighters, from Paddington, Kensington, North Kensington, Euston and other nearby stations, were called out.

Road closures were in place and LFB asked the public to avoid the area.

A Met Police spokesperson said there were no reports of any injuries.

Fire crews had the fire controlled by 6.39pm, they said.