More than 100 firefighters have been tackling a major blaze at a hotel in west London which has forced dozens of guests and staff to be evacuated.
Crews from several fire stations were called to the Travelodge on the High Street, Brentford, at 02:52 GMT.
The fire started in the “bin room” of the ground floor of the hotel and had already spread to the five other floors by the time firefighters arrived.
London Fire Brigade said there are no reported injuries.
Station commander Nathan Hobson said: “Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the hotel and around 160 guests and staff evacuated the building.
“A rest centre has been set up by the local authority and crews are working hard in challenging conditions to bring the fire under control.”
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
One guest, who is from Barnsley and only gave his name as Nigel, said he initially thought the alarm was “a hoax”.
He added: “We woke up and the fire alarm was going off, we thought it was a prank and maybe a few lads having a bit too much ale – but obviously it wasn’t.
“We come down the stairs and come outside and that’s where we saw all the bin storage in a blaze.
“Everyone was out really quick and everyone was fine, but we are all a bit tired and cold.”
By Greg McKenzie, BBC News, London
The blaze is out now, although the fire brigade is still hosing down the building. Fortunately everyone did get out of the hotel.
The hotel is situated just off Brentford High Street in the middle of a residential area, and consequently many people have been evacuated from their homes.
Fire alarms in neighbouring buildings were going off because the smoke was filling the air.
Many guests emerged from the hotel only with the clothes that they grabbed, and are trying to keep warm in a bus as it is very cold.
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