West End Lane fire: Homes evacuated and road shut as blaze above West Hampstead takeaway damages flat

Firefighters at the scene today. Picture: Vicky Munro

Firefighters at the scene today. Picture: Vicky Munro - Credit: Archant

Three dozen firefighters were called after a fire broke out above a Chinese restaurant in West Hampstead this afternoon.

The brigade was scrambled at about 3pm to put out the blaze affecting parts of a second floor flat and the roof above Gung Ho restaurant in West End Lane.

It is not believed anyone was hurt but, two hours on, a large section of the road was still cordoned off except to emergency services.

Neighbour Nikki Street, 21, was among those frustrated by being shut out of her home for two hours, but praised the emergency services for their quick response and keeping everyone safe.

“They had to break into our flat to check the fire hadn’t spread,” she added.

The fire in West End Lane. Picture: Vicky Munro

The fire in West End Lane. Picture: Vicky Munro - Credit: Archant


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“The house is very damaged and seeing the extent we realise how much worse it could have been if reactions weren’t as quick.”

Six fire crews from West Hampstead, Kentish Town and Soho were sent to the scene.

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The cause of the fire has not yet officially been made public, although neighbours had heard rumours hot oil was involved.

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