UPDATED REPORT: Jamie’s Italian have confirmed that their Liverpool One restaurant will remain closed for the rest of the week after a fire on the premises last night.
According to the Liverpool Echo, six fire engines were sent to the restaurant at around midnight 19 December 2016, after a fire broke out within the duct work on the third floor.
Five people were temporarily evacuated from their homes in the flats adjacent, while fire crews spent almost 4 hours tackling the blaze.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue say they set up fans to clear the smoke from the building, and it was the restaurant’s automatic sprinkler system which helped contain the fire to the room it started in.
The building sustained smoke damage and the kitchen extraction system was badly damaged, meaning the restaurant will be closed for the rest of the week. It highlights the question as to when their last routine kitchen exhaust cleaning job was undertaken, and how thoroughly this was indeed done?
Jamie’s Italian said they hope to be open again next week and updates will be posted on the website.
An investigation is still underway as to the cause of the fire, and no one was injured in the incident. Here is the initial report from Echo.
Given the presence of heat and high fuel loads, fires in kitchens are more common than one would like to believe. It emphasises the importance of regular kitchen exhaust cleaning. When the incident extends into the kitchen extraction system, safety risks and building impacts rapidly escalate. These sometimes result in devastating and widespread damage. Experience shows that the majority of kitchen fires will involve the kitchen exhaust hood or duct work. With the likes of Shepherd Filters however, kitchen extraction systems and their impact on fire safety can be improved.
Shepherd Filters are made from 100% fire-retardant wool and as such, readily capture up to 98% the grease that otherwise penetrates and builds-up within a kitchen extraction system and duct work. Once they have reached their capacity, Shepherd Filters can be disposed of in your regular waste bin as they are bio-degradable. What’s more, replacing a Shepherd Filter is quick and easy to do and save restaurant owners money as kitchen filer exchange or in-house kitchen filter cleaning is now a thing of the past!
The benefits don’t end there however! With significantly less grease building-up inside a kitchen extraction system and duct-work, routine kitchen exhaust cleaning will also be less frequent and sometimes, will only be a quick spot-check.
Apart from the safety and health benefits, improved productivity through more comfortable staff, and reduced energy bills from clean fans and ducts, Shepherd Filters can contribute to the bottom line in a positive way.
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