Police detain restaurant staff after fire

Chen Huizhi
A blaze which broke out at a restaurant in a shopping mall in Xuhui District was caused by a buildup of grease and dirt in a smoke pipe, according to the district's fire authority. 
Chen Huizhi
Police detain restaurant staff after fire
Ti Gong

Clouds of smoke rise from the fire which broke out on Wednesday afternoon.

Three kitchen staff have been detained by the police following a fire in the Spicy Joint restaurant at Foxtown in Xujiahui on Wednesday, the fire authority of Xuhui District said on Friday.

No one was injured in the fire which broke out in the restaurant's kitchen on the fifth floor of the shopping mall at 3:29pm. It was extinguished 20 minutes later with more than 80 firefighters in attendance.

An investigation found the fire was caused when grease and dirt inside a smoke pipe ignited.

Three kitchen staff are alleged to have been at fault and an investigation has begun into the restaurant and the mall’s developer and property management firm for possible breaches of fire safety rules. 

Smoke pipes at restaurants have to be cleaned frequently because of the danger of fire, the fire authority said.

It has ordered all restaurants and canteens in the district to clean their smoke pipes at least once every three months and report their quarterly cleaning records to the fire authority. All property management firms or owners of restaurants and canteens are required to report their contracts with cleaning companies to the authority every year.

The authority also issued detailed guidelines for companies to enhance fire safety.

Police detain restaurant staff after fire
Ti Gong

Fire authority officials investigate the cause of the fire.

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