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Dozens of firefighters are attending the scene of a fire in the basement of a hotel in Piccadilly.

London Fire Brigade were called to the scene at just after 11.15am on March 27 to reports of a fire in the basement of a nine storey hotel.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters are on the scene and guests and hotel staff members have been evacuated.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 11.16am

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Small rubbish fire cause of smoke in basement

As we bring our blog to a close, here is a summary of today’s events.

London Fire Brigade were called to Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel at 11.16am to reports of smoke in the basement.

Around 150 guests and 50 staff members were evacuated before fire crews arrived.

35 firefighters and six fire engines attended and a small rubbish fire was found in a light well adjacent to the hotel’s basement.

Earlier lane closures on the A4 in Piccadilly have now cleared.

All lanes have now reopened

Small rubbish fire found

A spokesman from London Fire Brigade said:

A small rubbish fire occurred in a light well adjacent to the hotel’s basement.

TfL is warning of tailbacks to Whitehorse Street

Fire crews remain at the scene

Le Meridien Piccadilly is looking for temporary shelter for guests

A spokesman from Le Meridien Piccadilly said:

Le Méridien Piccadilly has been evacuated for precautionary measures due to a small fire in the Boiler Room.


The hotel team is working diligently with the local authorities to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and allow guests to return to their rooms.


In the meantime, for the safety and comfort of our guests, we are working with a local hotel partner to provide temporary shelter.


We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Video shows queuing traffic in the area

Picture shows crews at five-star Le Méridien hotel

Traffic is slow moving in the area

Fire crews from four stations are attending the scene

According to London Fire Brigade, fire crews from Soho, Chelsea, Euston and Lambeth are at the scene

Around 150 guests have been evacuated

A spokesman from London Fire Brigade said:

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers have been called to reports of a smoke issuing at a hotel on Piccadilly.


Crews are currently investigating reports of smoke in the basement of the hotel.


Approximately 150 hotel guests and 50 members of staff were evacuated before the arrival of the Brigade.


The Brigade was called at 11.16.