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Fire crews tackle Mayfair blaze

One hundred firefighters have been tackling a blaze in one of London's most exclusive streets.

Twenty fire engines were called to Grafton Street in Mayfair at around 5.30am after the fire broke out in a five-storey building.

Parts of the third and and fourth floors were alight, said a spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade, but there were no reports of injuries.

Station manager, Mick Sayer, from London Fire Brigade, said: "Firefighters are tackling a large blaze in a terraced house on Grafton Street in central London. They are working really hard to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible so that normality can be restored to the area."

It's thought that surrounding roads, including Grafton Street, Albermarle Street, Dover Street and the top end of Bond Street are closed.

The Grade 1 listed building was sold in March 2007 for £13 million.

It is owned by Taradale Offshore Limited, incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, but based in St Helier, Jersey.

It was not possible to contact the company.

The Georgian townhouse, once believed to have been occupied by distant relatives of the poet Lord Byron, was the subject of planning applications to Westminster Council during the last few years.

One application names Richard Griffiths Architects as working on the property.


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