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Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a restaurant on Connaught Street in Bayswater this morning.
The restaurant's ducting - its extraction system - from the basement, ground floor to the first floor was completely damaged by fire. A small part of the restaurant and external ducting which led to close to an adjacent block of flats of six floors was also damaged by the blaze.
No injuries are reported. A cordon was temporarily set up in the area but roads are expected to be reopen soon, in the meantime motorists are advised to avoid the area.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “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.”
The Brigade was called at 1021 and the incident was over by 1242. Fire crews from Paddington, North Kensington, Lambeth and West Hampstead fire stations were at the scene.