AN INVESTIGATION has been launched following a fire at a takeaway in Chester.

Three fire crews were called out to the blaze in Kingsway shortly after 5pm yesterday (Monday, April 5).

On arrival firefighters discovered that the fire involved an extractor fan and its ducting and no-one was unaccounted for.

The gas and electricity supplies to the building were isolated and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire with a hose reel jet.

Firefighters needed to cut away plasterboard wall and part of a ceiling to expose the extractor fan's ducting and hotspots.

A thermal imaging camera was used to look for hotspots, which were damped down to make them safe.

A large fan was used to clear smoke from the premises.

Two occupiers suspected to have inhaled smoke from the fire were assessed at the scene by paramedics. They did not need to go to hospital.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters made sure that the fire had not spread to neighbouring properties.

"There was light smoke logging in the flats above the takeaway as a result of the fire. The flats were ventilated.

"Firefighters left the scene once they were satisfied that the fire was fully out and the properties were safe.

"They were in attendance for around three hours. An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun."