Fire rips through Leeds restaurant

The incident scene.
The incident scene.
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Customers fled in terror as fire ripped through a restaurant in Leeds.

The eatery - and properties either side - had to be evacuated after the blaze broke out in the kitchen at around 9pm on Friday, March 15.

The fire quickly took hold and spread to the second and third floors of the building, which is on the corner of Harehills Road and Roundhay Road.

At its height, around 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which saw flames leaping through the property’s roof. It took around two hours to bring under control.

Today, the restaurant is in ruins and the floors above are being investigated for safety.

Although there are flats above the property, fire chiefs said it was not thought anyone had been living there recently.

Gipton watch commander Chris Cook, who attended the scene, said the blaze started in the restaurant’s kitchen but quickly spread.

He told the YEP: “It seems that something has caught fire in the kitchen but that has quickly taken hold and spread to the first and second floor.

“It also affected neighbouring properties, so three buildings in all were affected.

“Fortunately, everyone was evacuated from the restaurant very quickly and no one was living in the flats above.

“There is a lot of damage to the building though. The roof struts are gone so we’re having to make sure the building is safe.”

This morning, the roads near the restaurant remained closed as fire officers continued their safety checks at the scene.

The A58 Roundhay Road is closed in both directions between the Karnac Road junction and the Shepherd’s Lane junction, while Harehills Road between the A58 and Nice View is also closed.

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