Shoppers evacuated after fire at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa

14:50 24 September 2013

Around 150 people were evacuated from a shopping centre in the City today after a fire at Jamie Oliver’s barbecue restaurant.

Four fire engines and more than 20 firefighters from London Fire Brigade (LFB) tackled the blaze at Barbecoa in the One New Change centre, near St Paul’s Cathedral.

Barbecoa bills itself on its website as “a celebration of fire-based cooking”.

Part of the ducting, in the first-floor restaurant’s extraction system, had caught light and was put out by around 12.30pm, a fire brigade spokesman said.

The cause of the blaze, to which firefighters were called at shortly before 11am, is being investigated.

London Fire Brigade tweeted: “Around 150 were evacuated from a nearby shopping centre before we arrived. All were uninjured.”

There are no reports of any other injuries.

Staff manning the restaurant’s reservation telephone line this lunchtime were telling callers it was shut for 24 hours for “operational reasons”.

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