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Kebab shop fire causes gridlock
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Thirty firefighters battled a kebab shop blaze for five hours.
Two people escaped without injury from Charcoal Grill in Belmont Hill, Lewisham, before fire crews arrived at the scene on Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution but firefighters prevented the fire spreading to nearby buildings.
The two-storey building where the fire broke out was badly damaged by the blaze.
Traffic in Belmont Hill and neighbouring Lee High Road was gridlocked all afternoon.
Firefighters from Lee Green, Lewisham, Brixton, Greenwich and Forest Hill fire stations were at the scene.
The brigade was called just after noon and the fire was brought under control by 4.50pm. But crews remained on the scene throughout the evening to make sure the fire was completely out.
London Ambulance Service had two crews – including a hazardous response team – on standby at the scene until 5pm.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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