An explosion at the Hilton Doha in West Bay last night has injured two people, the hotel chain’s regional head office in Dubai told Doha News.
The people, who had been working on the hotel site, were admitted to the hospital following the blast, which occurred at around 1:45am Wednesday morning, said Heather Shaw, Hilton’s senior director of corporate communications.
In a statement, she added:
“Hilton Doha can confirm that during the early morning of Wednesday, November 27th a small fire occurred outside the hotel, which was quickly curtailed and extinguished. There was no need for a formal evacuation of guests, the hotel is functioning as normal and continues to make every effort to ensure that all practices and standards are in line with strict safety and security regulations.”
Both people, who worked for a company contracted by Hilton, suffered minor injuries. One of them has already been discharged from the hospital, and the other is likely to leave later today, she said.
No further details about the two injured workers have been released, and the hotel will not elaborate on the cause of the explosion or fire.
Several residents tweeted about hearing a loud noise coming from the hotel in the early hours of the morning:
— Salman Khan™ (@de_ingeniero) November 26, 2013
— AsAd kHATTak (@ArrestedFreedom) November 26, 2013
— Andrea Gutierrez M. (@andreamesegue) November 27, 2013
The hotel says an inquiry is underway into the cause of the explosion, which happened within its grounds, but not inside the building itself.
On the side of the hotel near the parking lot, Civil Defense officials were seen by Doha News this afternoon replacing a white cylindrical tank that could have been a gas tank. A fire truck, ambulances and fire extinguishers were also observed, and were presumably on hand as a safety precaution.
There were no obvious signs of damage to the building, and the hotel is operating normally. In a statement sent to Doha News, Hilton Worldwide said:
“Local authorities are aware of the incident and an immediate investigation has been launched into the situation.”