Around forty five people, including fifteen children, fled a fire at a resturant in Wembley in the early hours of this morning.
Ten fire engines rushed to the scene to tackle the blaze at The Broadway, Wembley. The children were taken to a nearby church and taken care of by local authority. Around seventy firefighters swiftly arrived at the scene to tackle the fire.
The fire is believed to have started in the restaurant’s smoke extraction system. The fire went up through the system – known as ducting – and caught the roof on fire.
The whole of the roof was gutted by the blaze. The fire also badly damaged flats on the second and first floor, as well as, the restaurant on the ground floor.
Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries the Brigade confirmed.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was fat and grease deposits within the ducting which were ignited by an ember.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “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.”