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Firefighters were called after a fire broke out in a first floor flat above a sandwich shop on Fleet Street this afternoon.
The fire damaged two flats above the shop which is next door to the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - one of London's most historic pubs.
The shop's ducting - extraction system - was also damaged in the fire, as well as an external pitched roof between its ground and first floor. Fortunately no-one was injured in the blaze.
London Fire Brigade's Borough Commander for The City John Simpson said: "Quick actions by our firefighters meant that the fire was confined to the shop's extraction system and the two flats above. Hard work by crews at the scene also ensured the shop's interior was unaffected and that the blaze didn't spread to the historic Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub next door."
Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters from Euston, Soho, Lambeth and Dowgate fire stations attended the scene.
The Brigade was called at 1432 and the fire was under control by 1543. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Crews remain at the scene damping down the fire.