Smoke pours from roof as 60 firefighters tackle restaurant blaze

Huge plumes of smoke are pouring from a building in central London’s Mayfair as 60 firefighters tackle to blaze.

The fire was located at a restaurant in Albemarle Street – with half the kitchen floor and ducting from ground floor to roof level alight.

The London Fire Brigade said: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to a fire at a restaurant in Albemarle Street in Mayfair.

“Half of the ground floor kitchen and half of the ducting from ground floor to roof level is alight.

“The Brigade was called at 1608. Fire crews from Soho, Lambeth, Kensington, Euston, Paddington, Chelsea and Dowgate fire stations are at the scene.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”

It is believed to have now been extinguished although smoke continues to billow from the roof.

Pedestrians below the building could be seen peering to the sky as debris fell from the burning roof.

Fire fighters were filmed using aerial ladders to blast the flames.

Others were seen entering exiting the building via a door on the street with a sign above reading “Gymkhana”.

Footage from the scene shows smoke pouring from the building and into the narrow streets below.

Travellers are being told to avoid the area and use alternative routes through the city.

Transport for London tweeted: “Albermarle Street and Dover Street at the junction of Piccadilly – these roads are closed due to a building fire.

“Piccadilly eastbound at St James Street is down to one lane.”

The Metropolitan Police Service Westminster tweeted: “Police are on scene at a fire in Mayfair.