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Kebab shop fire likely caused by ‘build-up of grease’

The takeaway and two other shops were destroyed by the fire last night

King Tasty Kebab in High Street, Walthamstow (credit: London Fire Brigade)

A takeaway on High Street, Walthamstow, caught fire last night, likely due to a “build-up of grease and cooking fat” in the kitchen’s extraction fan.

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to the fire at King Tasty Kebab shortly before 10pm, which destroyed both the takeaway and two neighbouring shops.

Two residents from the flats above were led to safety by the London Fire Brigade and the fire was under control at around half past midnight this morning.

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Firefighters believe the cause of the fire was a “build-up of grease and cooking fat” in the takeaway’s extraction system, where the fire appears to have started.

A spokesperson said: “We’d like to remind restaurant and takeaway owners to ensure they don’t have dirty ducting. If you don’t clean the ducting in your extraction system regularly, you’re at a greater risk of ducting fires.

“You should also make sure you keep the hob, cooker hood and extractor fan clean too – built-up fat and grease can ignite and cause a fire.”

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