A fire broke out during dinner service at a popular Sydney restaurant, forcing diners to flee to the street to escape the blaze.
A popular Turkish restaurant in Enmore, Sydney was evacuated during dinner service on Tuesday night after a fire overwhelmed the building. Flames seen coming from the building’s roof according to news.com
Ten people eating dinner at the restaurant were forced to flee to the street to escape the fire, which started in the chimney. This is not the first time a fire has broken out at the restaurant. Twitter users have reported a fire at the Enmore Road institution on two other occasions in the last decade:
7th November 2015
6th December 2011
Crowds descended on the busy shopping strip and watched on as the flames engulfed the building. Local woman Renee Sundgren told Nine News that she was eating ice cream across the road when she heard a loud noise.
“It was a big bang and the whole sky lit up,” she said.
“The whole roof was heavily on fire.”
A diner told Ms Sundgren that they were told to “grab your drinks and leave”.
“I went over to the restaurant next door to tell them Sultan‘s was on fire, so they could turn their kitchen off.”
Enmore Rd was closed while emergency services worked to extinguish the flames. There were no injuries during the incident and everyone was accounted for.
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