Firefighters battle Storm Katie to rescue 13 people from a restaurant blaze in Hounslow

« Back to blog home29 Mar 2016 by Indepth Hygiene

10 fire engines and 72 fire firefighters spent over 4 hours battling the elements on Easter Sunday (March 27th) to save 13 people, including 5 children from a fire which is believed to have broken out at the Mirch Masala Restaurant in Hounslow High Street.

Whilst 10 people fled to safety before the London Fire Brigade arrived, other residents were rescued from flats above the restaurant and a flat roof some had managed to reach. Firefighters worked very hard in appalling weather conditions to lead people to safety down ladders and via an internal staircase using breathing apparatus.

The ground and first floors, and the restaurant’s ducting running from the ground to the fourth floors were all damaged, but fire crews managed to contain the fire and stop it spreading any further into the flats. Whilst the exact cause of the fire is under investigation, restaurant ducting systems are known to contribute to the rapid spread of fires, particularly throughout such multi-floored buildings.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson has previously warned “Restaurant and take-away owners (and any businesses with catering facilities) need to ensure their extraction systems are regularly and professionally cleaned of the inevitable build-up of flammable fats and grease as these prevent systems from working properly and can lead to a fire. Most insurance companies make this a condition of their policies so that cover may be invalidated if regular maintenance and cleaning is not carried out. Failure to satisfy inspections by statutory enforcement authorities can lead to closure of business and even prosecution.”

Whilst everyone was assessed for smoke inhalation by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, station manager Cathie Reeve said “Thankfully there were no serious injuries.” The London Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service, Police and local authorities will all now be working to return the area to normal business as soon as possible.