Diners flee as Christmas decorations catch fire in London restaurant | London

Diners were forced to flee a fire caused by Christmas decorations at a Latin American restaurant in London’s West End on Friday night.

Video footage of the fire showed people rushing to escape MNKY HSE in Dover Street, Mayfair, after the flames spread rapidly. Two people were treated by paramedics for their injuries.

London Fire Brigade said they attended the incident after being called at 9.40pm to a fire in the basement of the building and had it under control in less than half an hour.

The flames reportedly spread quickly – taking hold “within seven seconds”, according to one of the guests – prompting people to run from the building.

Footage on social media showed the fire raging as revelers fled, with some people still holding onto their drinks and others ducking under the fire to get to a door due to a ceiling decoration catching fire.

Some could be seen falling, while others screamed and shouted at other guests to “leave”.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Firefighters were called to a fire at a restaurant on Dover Street in Mayfair.

“Christmas decorations inside the building were lit and had been extinguished before the fire brigade arrived. About 300 people were evacuated by staff at the scene, and crews conducted a systematic search of the property to ensure no one was inside upon arrival.

“A man and a woman were treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews. Dover Street was closed while crews worked to make the scene safe.

“The brigade was called at 9.40am and the incident was over for firefighters at 10.18pm. Five fire engines and around 35 firefighters from Soho, Lambeth, Kensington and Chelsea fire stations attended the scene.”

They added that the cause of the fire is still under investigation and said thermal imaging was used to check that everything was in order when the fire was extinguished.

Around 300 people were inside the restaurant at the time, and the incident happened during the busiest time of the year. The guests were evacuated by the security staff.

Despite the raging fire, social media users commented on the calm manner in which people made their way out of the restaurant. One person highlighted how people were just “passing out” and another asked: “Why do they look so calm?”

Another tweeted: “Amazing how no one left their drinks behind.”

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