Six appliances from the London Fire Brigade have been sent to a restaurant fire in Bayswater.
The blaze took hold in the restaurant’s extractor system which was described as ‘well alight.’
Two people left the restaurant before LFB appliances arrived.
Six other people have been evacuated from adjoining properties.
The incident was in Gloucester Terrace.
‘Quick thinking’ by firefighters prevented the blaze spreading.
The fire affected the ground floor restaurant’s ducting – its air extraction system – between the ground and top floors of the building.
Station Manager Rob Davies who was at the scene said:
Thanks to quick and aggressive firefighting in the early stages of this incident crews managed to confine this fire to the restaurant’s ducting. Two people left the property before the Brigade arrived and our firefighters evacuated six others from neighbouring properties.
The six fire engines and around 35 firefighters at the scene came from Paddington, Euston, North Kensington and Kensington fire stations.
A turntable ladder was also used as an observation platform and to take temperature readings.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson later added:
It looks as though the fire started in the shop’s ducting, which is the extraction system used by restaurants. Restaurant and take-away owners should always take care to make sure their extraction systems are kept clean as a build up of fat and grease within the filters can lead to a fire.
The Brigade was called at 8.38 am and the fire was under control by 9.40 am.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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