Another Fire in Covent Garden Restaurant Ducting
« Back to blog home11 Sep 2015 by Indepth Hygiene
Four fire engines and approximately 20 firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled the blaze at a restaurant in Saint Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden for nearly three hours.
Although the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, a London Fire Brigade spokesperson stated “It looks as though the fire started in the ducting, which is the extraction system used by restaurants. Restaurant and take-away owners should always take care to make sure their extraction systems are kept clean as a build-up of fat and grease within the filters can lead to a fire”.
Fire & Rescue Services have repeatedly warned businesses with catering facilities of the fire risks associated with failing to have these systems regularly and professionally cleaned.
“The build-up of flammable fats, dust and grease may prevent ventilation systems from working properly and contribute to the rapid spread of fire... Most insurance companies require this as a condition of your building insurance policy and your cover may be invalidated if regular maintenance and cleaning of the extraction ducts is not carried out…Failure to satisfy inspections by statutory enforcement authorities (such as fire and environmental health authorities) can lead to closure of business and even prosecution.”