Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a restaurant on Gerrard Street in Soho this afternoon.
Two turntable ladders were also at the scene to fight the fire at the five storey building.
The fire badly damaged the restaurant's basement kitchen, the building's fourth floor and ducting – the restaurant's extraction system - between the ground floor and the roof. The roof itself was also badly damaged. Ten people left the building before the Brigade arrived and there were no reports of any injuries.
Station Manager Lisa Hicks who was at the scene said: "When crews arrived they were faced with a fire in the basement kitchen which they quickly extinguished. The fire also affected the restaurant's ducting and roof and firefighters worked hard in hot conditions to prevent it from spreading to neighbouring buildings."
The Brigade was called at 1208 and was under control by 1524. Crews from Soho, Euston, Dowgate, Whitechapel, Chelsea and Paddington fire stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.