A Chinese restaurant in London may be forced to temporarily close after a fire broke out in the premises.
Fire crews were called to Royal China restaurant in Queensway, Westminster, at about 10.45am on 16th January after smoke was seen billowing from the multi-storey building.
Firefighters spent around an hour battling the blaze, which caused damage to the restaurant’s external ducting. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the blaze is currently being investigated.
A fire risk assessment – which aims to identify and negate any fire hazards – must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales, in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
If a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment is not carried out, the Responsible Person faces up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine.
The incident came just weeks after the Royal China restaurant re-opened after an extensive renovation towards the end of last year.