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Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to a fire at a restaurant with flats above on Richmond Road, Kingston.
A small part of the restaurant's basement was damaged by fire. Seven members of staff left the restaurant before the arrival of the Brigade. A further two people self evacuated from the flats above. There were no reports of any injuries.
The Brigade was called at 1353 and the fire was under control at 1602. Fire crews from Kingston, Surbiton, New Malden, and Twickenham fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental due to a damaged electric cable overheating between the basement and ground floor.