A fire broke out in the basement of a boutique clothing store in one of London’s most fashionable shopping streets.
Forty firefighters tackled the blaze as it ripped through Yaccomaricard, a Japanese clothing store, at 12.45pm on Friday.
The London Fire Brigade said two women fled the building before they arrived and one of them was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
The basement and ground floor of the shop were damaged in the fire.
Adelyn Tirado, 34, who works at the launderette next door, said she had to get everyone including customers out of her building.
She said: “There was suddenly smoke coming out everywhere.
“I was serving a customer and I thought I would be able finish with them as they didn’t have very much but then a colleague ran in and shouted to get everyone out.
“The fire was going upwards through the building next door. The fire engines were here very quick. There was an ambulance waiting outside but I couldn’t see if anyone got out of the fire and into it.”
She added: “Fortunately the shop was closed and I think they removed all the clothing. It’s quite lucky for them we were in lockdown.”
They added the cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
The blaze is still being tackled in the five-storey building opposite The Ivy Cafe.