Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus attended a fire at a restaurant on Saint Martins Lane in Covent Garden, this evening.
The fire affected a restaurant of two floors and the ducting – the restaurant’s extraction system – from the ground floor to roof level was completely damaged by fire.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“It looks as though the fire started in the 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.”
Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters from Soho and Lambeth fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 2337 and the fire was under control at 0224. The cause of the fire is under investigation.