Sunday 22 April 2018

Firefighters battle blaze at restaurant in London's Chinatown

Credit: Jamie Ray/PA Wire
Credit: Jamie Ray/PA Wire

Joe Nerssessian

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a restaurant in London's Chinatown.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters are at the scene of the blaze in the four-storey building on Gerrard Street, Soho.

Photos and videos shared on social media show smoke billowing through Soho, and London Fire Brigade has advised people to avoid the area.

The fire is affecting part of the basement kitchen, the restaurant's ducting - its extraction system - between the ground floor and the roof, and part of the roof, London Fire Brigade said.

A brigade spokeswoman said there are as yet no reports of any injuries.

She added that firefighters were called at around 12.10pm. Crews from Soho, Euston, Dowgate, Whitechapel, Chelsea and Paddington fire stations are at the scene.

Police and the ambulance service are also in attendance.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Two turntable ladders are being used by firefighters to tackle the blaze from height.

Station manager Lisa Hicks, who is at the scene, said: "When crews arrived they were faced with a fire in the basement kitchen which they quickly extinguished.

"The fire is also affecting the restaurant's ducting and roof and firefighters are working hard in hot conditions to prevent it from spreading to neighbouring buildings."

The brigade said the fire was under control by 3.25pm.

They confirmed 10 people had escaped the building before crews arrived.

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