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Twelve hotel workers were injured when a gas explosion rocked a five-star hotel in London Friday, authorities said. The Hyatt Regency Churchill in London in the central part of the city was evacuated and around 80 firefighters rushed to the scene after the 11:40 p.m. blast, which occurred in the basement level of the building, London Fire Brigade officials said.
Hyatt Regency said in a statement that the twelve injured were hotel employees, that no guests were injured, and that the 500 displaced guests were placed in other hotels.
Nine people were treated at the scene and five others were badly injured enough that they were taken to a hospital, officials said. Two of those five were me with leg injuries.