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Fire at famed fish and chip shop

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Ruby Wax reportedly dined at the restaurant in August

One of London's most well-known fish and chip restaurants has been gutted by fire that spread across four floors.

More than 40 firefighters battled the flames at the Sea Shell Restaurant in Lisson Grove, Marylebone.

A fire brigade spokeswoman said the ground floor of the restaurant was 50% destroyed while flames had spread up ducting to rooftop level.

Lisson Grove remains sealed off, causing major disruption in the surrounding area. No-one was hurt.

The BBC's John McManus, a religious affairs producer, was at the scene.

He said: "There were at least seven fire engines, an ambulance and a fast response vehicle.

"The front of the fish and chip shop is badly blackened and there was lots of smoke coming out.

"Lots of people were standing around watching. It must have caused massive traffic disruption."

The Sea Shell restaurant has been established more than 40 years.

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