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Last updated: 24/03/2020, 9:17 AM

Takeaway shop fire - Deptford

23/03/2020 23:20
Lewisham
Fire at commercial property

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a takeaway shop with flats above on Deptford High Street, Deptford. 

Part of the ground floor of the shop was damaged by fire. The alarm was raised by a member of staff who left the building before the Brigade arrived. Three further people from the above flats left the building before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries. 

The fire is believed to have started when material caught alight whilst a charcoal grill was being cleaned. It then spread via heavy grease within the extraction system.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “We'd like to remind restaurant and takeaway owners to make sure they don't have dirty ducting.

"If you don't clean your extraction system regularly, you're at a greater risk of ducting fires.”

Firefighters' top tips for restaurants and takeaways:

  • Have ducting in your extraction system (ventilation) cleaned regularly
  • Ensure ducting is installed correctly
  • Make sure all electrical items are tested and maintained- check regularly and don’t allow employees to bring their own kitchen appliances to work
  • Ensure your electrical system is regularly tested
  • Complete your Fire Risk Assessment and make an emergency plan

The Brigade was called at 2321 and the fire was under control by 0027. Fire crews from Deptford, Greenwich and New Cross fire stations attended the scene. 

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