Around 100 evacuated as fire tears through Indian restaurant on the Strand
Published: 29 June 2014
Updated: 09:48, 29 June 2014
Around 100 people were evacuated as a fire tore through an Indian restaurant on the Strand in central London.
The blaze broke out at the Sitar restaurant just before the busy service period was due to begin on Saturday evening.
Six fire engines and 35 firefighters attended the scene, yards from Somerset House, and people were evacuated from the restaurant, another neighbouring restaurant, and flats above. No injuries were reported.
The venue's basement kitchen was damaged in the blaze, which also destroyed its extraction system between the kitchen and the second floor.
London Fire Brigade's Martin Freeman, who was at the scene, said: "Crews worked really hard to stop this fire from spreading and managed to contain it to the kitchen area and the restaurant’s ducting. The fire has left the restaurant quite badly smoke logged but thankfully there were no injuries."
Fire crews from Soho, Chelsea, Islington and Lambeth attended the blaze, which broke out at around 5.52pm and was under control by 7.48pm.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and nobody from the restaurant was immediately available to comment.
On its website, the Sitar restaurant describes itself as "a true destination, synonymous with classic quality, for those who enjoy culinary finesse."