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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackle restaurant blaze

28/08/2013

Eight fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms from across Staffordshire have been tackling a blaze which broke out at a restaurant in Stoke.

"This was a particularly fierce fire which took hold very quickly and spread rapidly. Firefighters from across Staffordshire were called over to help tackle the fire and they worked hard to control it and reduce the damage to adjacent properties. The crews expected to be on the scene for the next 24 hours."

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

Firefighters were alerted to the incident at Planet Bollywood, Glebe Street, at 9.03pm yesterday. Some of the crews are still onsite carrying out inspections.

At the height of the fire six crews and two aerial ladder platforms were in use. Two more fire engines arrived at the scene later to relieve some of the crews. 

They were called in from Hanley, Longton, Newcastle, Burslem, Stafford, Cheadle, Ashley, Burton, Eccleshall and Kidsgrove. They used a number of firefighting jets to extinguish the flames.

The fire is believed to have been caused by the extractor fan in the kitchen accidentally catching fire - causing flames to rise up the shaft and into the roof.

The fire affected a number of properties on Glebe Street as it spread through the roof space.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: "This was a particularly fierce fire which took hold very quickly and spread rapidly. Firefighters from across Staffordshire were called over to help tackle the fire and they worked hard to control it and reduce the damage to adjacent properties. The crews expected to be on the scene for the next 24 hours."