Restaurant devastated by major kitchen ductwork blaze

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A man has been taken to hospital after a cooking spark caused a major kitchen ductwork fire at a restaurant in London.

Eight fire engines and around 58 firefighters attended the incident, which occurred at an unnamed restaurant with residential property above it in Charlton.

London Fire Brigade station manager Kris Bedlow, who was at the scene, said the blaze had broken out after an incident in the kitchen.

“A man was cooking and it is believed a spark started a fire in the ducting which spread along the restaurant’s extraction system and caused some damage to the ground floor,” he said. “The ducting has got very hot which has ignited the flooring of the floor above. Crews worked hard to bring the fire under control quickly.”

A man left the restaurant before the arrival of the Brigade and was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service before being taken to hospital.

Part of the split-level ground floor and first floor was damaged in the fire, said Bedlow.

London Fire Brigade also said it had been called to a fire at a coffee shop on High Road in Willesden.

Half of the ground floor of the coffee shop was damaged by the fire and part of the first floor of the two-storey building.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters attended the incident. The fire was brought under control within an hour. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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