A fire which damaged the Viva Brazil restaurant in Liverpool is being attributed to a cooking range in the kitchen.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said the grill area was initially involved in the blaze, before the fire spread from the cooking range to the extraction system.
A total of eight fire engines, an aerial appliance and support appliances helped to extinguish the fire on 4 August.
Area manager for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, John McNeill, said: “The fire started in the cooking range on the ground floor and it spread to through the extraction system.
“Firefighters extinguished the fire in the cooking range and it was confined to the central ventilation shaft.
“The initial actions of firefighters in tackling the fire prevented the fire spreading to offices above the premises and neighbouring businesses."
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Liverpool’s Viva Brazil is the flagship outlet of the group’s five UK branches. It was refurbished last September and October at a reported cost of £250,000. It is thought the restaurant may have to close for up to 2 months to repair the fire damage.