Warning over restaurant extraction systems

The London Fire Brigade issued a fresh warning of the dangers of restaurant extraction systems after the third fire in two days involving food premises.

Last night a restaurant in Green Lanes, Palmers Green was badly damaged by fire which involved the extraction system also know as ducting. The extraction system in the restaurant was used to carry fumes away from the counter where kebabs were cooked.

This followed two similar blazes on Monday at restaurants in the West End and St Johns Wood which also affected large sections of the extraction system.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: ”Businesses should make sure their extraction system is kept clean as a build-up of fat and grease within the filters can lead to a fire.”

In the latest incident four adults and two children in two flats above the restaurant left the building before the Brigade arrived and another eight people evacuated neighbouring properties.

Four fire engines, two from Edmonton fire station and one each from Southgate and Hornsey fire stations, went to the scene  with twenty one firefighters and officers.

The Brigade was called at 2305 and the fire was under control at 0022.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.