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Diners flee as non-smoking café bursts into flame

PUBLISHED: 20:26 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 05 October 2010

No breakfast for one disappointed wouldbe diner...

No breakfast for one disappointed wouldbe diner...

Olivia Harris, oliviaharris@mac.com 07881 810 878

DINERS had to go without their breakfast this-morning when fire broke out in their café in East London. Smoke billowed from an electric meter which then burst into flames at Elbows café in Victoria Park Village in South Hackney

By Hannah Roberts

DINERS had to go without their breakfast this-morning when fire broke out in their café in East London.

Smoke billowed from an electric meter which then burst into flames at Elbows café in Victoria Park Village in South Hackney.

The fire had been smouldering in the wiring behind the walls for hours before café staff noticed smoke at about 10.30am. It then burst into flames.

The staff tried dousing the fire with an extinguisher, but it was inaccessible behind the walls and under the floorboards.

Flames swept up the cavity behind the walls to the flat above.

Emergency fire crews from Bethnal Green and Homerton arriving at the café had to break into flat.

“We had to chop the floors to bits to get to the wiring,” said fire brigade watch manager Mark Peasey.

“It was lucky it broke out in the day, or they would have lost the café. The people living in the flats might have also been trapped.”

The café was out of action for most of the day—with disappointed diners going hungry.

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