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

PUBLISHED: 18:22 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 11 June 2018

Firefighters at the scene today. Picture: Vicky Munro

Firefighters at the scene today. Picture: Vicky Munro


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 MunroThe fire in West End Lane. Picture: Vicky Munro

“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.

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

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 18:06

A young man was stabbed in Kentish Town this afternoon.

Yesterday, 16:15

Police are trying to find Nadia Ellewood, who has gone missing from Belsize Park.

Yesterday, 13:35

Police chased a Volkswagen Polo across three boroughs on Monday morning after it crashed into a patrol car at low speed.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A Crouch End inventor is crowdfunding to launch an innovative and wearable air pollution monitor inspired by his own worries as a new dad.

Friday, December 7, 2018

British Transport Police are looking to speak to a man about three women being racially abused on an underground train.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Carlton Tavern could be reopened in April, nine months after the planning inspectorate told them to rebuild it.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Coffee isn’t the only thing Deniz Korkmaz is brewing up in Kentish Town.

Friday, December 7, 2018

We chat to five local designers and artists who tell us about the one thing they must have or do at home that puts them in the Christmas mood


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now