Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a fast food restaurant on North Street in Romford this afternoon.
The fire damaged all of the restaurant’s ducting - the extraction system – from the kitchen on the ground floor up to the roof. The blaze also damaged part of the ground floor kitchen, the first floor flat above the restaurant and a small part of the roof.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “The fire affected the restaurant’s 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.”
Five people left the property before the Brigade arrived. One person was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by London Ambulance Service.
The Brigade was called at 1723 and the incident was over by 1851. Crews from Romford, Harold Hill, Hornchurch and Dagenham fire stations attended the incident.