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Diners evacuated after restaurant blaze in Chinatown

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10 Dec 2015
A fire at a Chinese restaurant has shut down Russell Street this evening.

Crews were called to the blaze just at Minh Xuong seafood restaurant before 7pm, where 30 diners had quickly evacuated. Patrons in the stores either side of the restaurant were also evacuated.

Thick black smoke issued from the building and could be smelled across the CBD.

Firefighters commenced an aggressive attack internally and using an aerial appliance to pour water on the roof. The blaze was deemed under control about 7.20pm.

Sixteen fire trucks and more than 60 firefighters attended the incident.

Asbestos procedures were put in place as a precaution due to the age of the building.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen in the flue.

It is a timely reminder to all restaurants to regularly maintain and clean kitchen flues as fires can spread quickly into the ceiling and cause major damage and potentially injuries.

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