Fire ripped through a multimillion pound mews home on Hyde Park’s millionaires’ row last night.
Fire crews battled flames through the night at the grade II listed Victorian terrace, after the owner raised the alarm at 4pm.
The house was just weeks away from the end of an 18-month renovation, and has been left a burned out shell after the fire started in the basement.
The owner, the wife of a middle eastern businessman, raised the alarm after smelling smoke when she locked up after inspecting progress on the three storey house in Hyde Park Gardens Mews.
More than 50 fire fighters battled the blaze, and crews were eventually forced to rip the roof off with axes and sledgehammers to douse the flames from above.
Two neighbours were treated for smoke inhalation and another for leg injuries, while occupants in neighbouring houses were evacuated.
One told the Standard the house was owned by a woman whose husband lives in Abu Dhabi.
He said that the couple rented a number of properties in the area but were planning to move into the house when the rennovation was complete.
Neighbour Eric Butterfield said to the Standard: “The owner was locking up the house to go home when she smelt smoke. I think she put the gas fire on for a couple of hours but she doesn’t know how the fire started. The house is not finished yet and it has had work on it for over a year including a new basement. There were tradespeople in there today.”