London restaurant fire under control after 140 people evacuated

By Hannah Thompson contact

- Last updated on GMT

Photo credit: London Fire Brigade / Twitter @LondonFire
Photo credit: London Fire Brigade / Twitter @LondonFire

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A fire at a restaurant and flats in London’s Dean Street – next to sites such as Burger & Lobster Soho, Ducksoup, and Tonkotsu ‒ has been brought under control after 140 people were evacuated.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has confirmed that four fire engines and 21 firefighters were sent to the busy restaurant street, congregating outside the sites Prix Fixe, Ducksoup, and Forty Dean Street, after being called to the scene at 11am today.

The exact restaurant affected has not yet been confirmed, but LFB stated that the basement kitchen, ground floor restaurant, and extraction system had been damaged.

The road was closed during the incident, and the fire was confirmed as under control at 1.33pm.

A roof flat and first floor decking were also damaged.

No cause of fire has yet been established, but a statement from LFB confirmed that investigations were underway.

The news comes just days after a study was released by insurers NFU Mutual, warning restaurateurs and hoteliers about the dangers of fires, particularly from unexpected sources such as fats, oils and cleaning materials left on ‘self-combusting’ tea towels.

There is no suggestion that the Dean Street fire was caused by tea-towels, however, and the cause is yet to be established.  

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