Guests back in Hilton Hotel in Mayfair after fire

Hilton fire
Image caption About 1,500 guests were evacuated from the building

Guests are returning to the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane after a fire.

The fire broke out in the kitchen just after 1840 BST on Friday and spread to the basement and second floor of the five-star Mayfair hotel.

About 1,500 guests were evacuated from the building, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

It is understood celebrities including Liza Minnelli, Annie Lennox, and Status Quo were among evacuees.

The fire was under control by 2300 BST on Friday.

Small groups of guests were allowed back into the hotel from 0300 BST in what the LFB called a "phased reoccupation".

Firefighters were still on the scene by Saturday morning.

A spokeswoman said they expected to be there all day to deal with any hotspots.

Some 75% of ducting from the basement to the fourth floor was damaged.

About 50 firefighters dealt with the fire. Everyone in the 28-floor building was accounted for.

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) confirmed there were no fire-related injuries but said an elderly woman was treated by paramedics after falling ill.

Fire engines from Soho, Knightsbridge and Westminster attended the blaze at the building, which overlooks Hyde Park.

The hotel was hosting the Silver Clef Awards in which Sir Paul McCartney was honoured as the year's best live act.

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Media captionEmergency services at the Park Lane Hilton

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