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London Chinatown fire tackled by firefighters

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Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a four-storey building in central London's Chinatown area.

The fire damaged the Wan Chai Corner's basement kitchen, and the roof was also badly damaged.

Ten people left the building before fire crews arrived at midday and there were no reports of any injuries.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters tackled the blaze, which sent thick smoke billowing around Gerrard Place and nearby Soho and Chinatown.

'Difficult to breathe'

Station Manager Lisa Hicks later said crews had extinguished a fire in the basement kitchen, bringing the fire under control.

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Image caption Tens of firefighters are tackling the blaze in the four-storey building

Shaftesbury Avenue was closed each way between Wardour Street and Cambridge Circus following the fire.

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Image caption Thick smoke could be seen in the streets around Gerrard Place
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Image caption Smoke from the building could be seen in London's Chinatown area