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Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a restaurant and flats on Dean Street in Soho this morning.
The fire damaged part of the basement kitchen, a small part of the ground floor restaurant, a flat roof and decking on the first floor and the restaurant's ducting (extraction system) between the basement and first floor.
The Brigade was called at 1100 and the fire was under control at 1333. Crews from Soho, Lambeth and Islington fire stations attended the incident. A turntable ladder was also at the scene. The cause of the fire is believed to be ignition of cooking oils by a gas cooker. The fire spread to the ducting hood above the cooker and through the ducting to other parts of the building.