Last updated: 19/09/2019, 9:18 AM

Shop fire - Upton Park

18/09/2019 11:34
Fire at commercial property

Firefighters have issued a safety reminder after a fire in a takeaway restaurant which was caused by oil igniting.

Crews were called to the fire at a pizza takeaway shop on Green Street in Upton Park.

Half of the ground floor of a shop with flats above and part of the ground floor of an adjoining property were alight. There were no reports of any injuries. 

The Brigade's fire investigation team believe the fire was accidental and caused by vegetable oil igniting in a deep fat fryer and spreading via the ducting.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If you are cooking with hot oil, it's really important to keep an eye on it all times.

"You should also make sure you keep the hob, cooker hood and extractor fan clean too – built up fat and grease can ignite and cause a fire.

"We'd also like to remind restaurant and takeaway owners to ensure they don't have dirty ducting. If you don't clean the ducting in your extraction system regularly, you're at a greater risk of ducting fires."

The Brigade was called at 1134 and the fire was under control by 1256. Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from Plaistow, East Ham, Poplar, Barking and Ilford fire stations were at the scene.

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