A fire at the Wan Chai Corner Chinese restaurant in London’s Chinatown yesterday afternoon could have originated in the ducting.

Catering Insight contacted the London Fire Brigade and a spokesperson said that ventilation ducting may have been the origin of the blaze, though the cause is still under investigation.

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Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to the fire on Gerrard Street at 12:08 yesterday, but the London Fire Brigade brought it under control by 15:24.

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Two turntable ladders were also at the scene to fight the fire at the five storey building.

The fire damaged part of the restaurant’s basement kitchen, as well as ducting between the ground floor and the roof.

The roof itself was also badly damaged. Ten people left the building before the Brigade arrived and there were no reports of any injuries.

Station manager Lisa Hicks who was at the scene said: “When crews arrived they were faced with a fire in the basement kitchen which they quickly extinguished.

“The fire also affected the restaurant’s ducting and roof and firefighters worked hard in hot conditions to prevent it from spreading to neighbouring buildings.”

The whole area was shut off for several hours yesterday while fire crews from Soho, Euston, Dowgate, Whitechapel, Chelsea and Paddington fire stations tackled the blaze.