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Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters and officers were called to fire at a takeaway restaurant on Green Lanes in Stoke Newington last night.
The Brigade was called after a neighbour saw smoke coming from the rear of the ground floor of the building. Part of the external ducting - its extraction system - from the ground floor to the first floor was damaged by fire. Two members of staff and seven residents who lived in flats above evacuated the property before the Brigade arrived. There were no reported injuries.
Watch Manager Chloe Van Dop was at the scene, she said: “There was limited access to the ducting where the fire started and crews worked really hard to prevent it spreading further into the rest of the building. Restaurant owners should be reminded to maintain good housekeeping. They should ensure the flue of a pizza oven is kept clean and well maintained so there’s no build up of debris to prevent fires.”
The Brigade was called at 2229 and the incident was under control by 2317. Fire crews from Holloway, Stoke Newington and Islington fire stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is accidental.