Over 1,000 people had to be evacuated from the O2 Arena following a fire at a restaurant over the weekend.
Four fire crews were called to the site in Greenwich around 11.15am on October 18.
While there were no injuries, security staff evacuated people because of high volume of smoke produced by the blaze.
A total of 1,200 people were evacuated from the venue, which remained closed until 4pm.
The London Fire Brigade used jets and breathing apparatus to bring the fire under control. They also searched the ducting between the roof and the ground floor to ensure they had thoroughly damped down any remaining hotspots.
On Twitter, the O2, which includes arenas, cinema, bowling alley along with restaurant and bar, described it as a “small fire” but had taken the precaution to close the building temporarily to ensure the safety.
Dangers of smoke inhalation
Fire accidents can be extremely dangerous, causing severe injuries Smoke has the potential to incapacitate the body. It is easy to become overwhelmed by smoke and lose consciousness.
A fire will consume oxygen in any burning building, resulting in a slow burning process. This means smoke and other toxic gases can build up, especially in buildings where there is little or inadequate ventilation.
Source: Evening Standard
Date Published: October 26, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown