Edgware Road fire: Smoke billows into the air as blaze breaks out in busy London shopping district

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Plumes of smoke billowed into the air after a fire broke out at a six-storey building near Marble Arch.

Firefighters were called to Connaught Street at the busy shopping district just after 10.20am on Saturday and a small number of people were evacuated.

Footage from the scene showed thick smoke billowing into the air as firefighters descended on the street.

It is believed the fire ignited in the ventilation system between the ground and first floors of the building.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a restaurant on Connaught Street in Bayswater this morning.

“The restaurant’s ducting – its extraction system – from the basement, ground floor to the first floor was damaged by fire. 

“A small part of the restaurant and external ducting which led to close to an adjacent block of flats of six floors was also damaged by the blaze.”

“A cordon was temporarily set up in the area and roads are expected to be reopened soon but in the meantime motorists are advised to avoid the area. “

A Met Police spokesman told the Standard: “Police were called at 10.22am to reports of a fire in Edgeware Road.

“Officers and London Fire Brigade are in attendance. A small number of people were evacuated as a precaution.

“There are no reported injuries. Partial road closures are in place.”

Nobody was injured.

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