Twelve people escape building after restaurant fire

More than 70 firefighters were called to the fire on the High Street in Ponders End, Enfield, north London around 1:30am on Wednesday.

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Firefighters turn midwife and help deliver baby

Two firefighters sent to help rescue twelve people from a burning building in Ponders End this morning suddenly found themselves taking on the role of midwife.

Ross McLaren and Richard Hall helped deliver a baby boy in the back of a car as more than 70 firefighters dealt with a blaze on the High Street.

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One of our firefighters, Ross, turned midwife when he delivered a baby at scene of the Ponders End fire this morning - more soon #itsaboy

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Of delivering the baby in the back of a car firefighter Ross said he knew what to do because his wife watches #OneBorn Every Minute #itsaboy

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Enfield residents urged to close doors and windows

People inside escaped before fire crews arrived and no one else is thought to be involved in the fire at this stage.

Enfield's High Street is closed to traffic and people living in the area are being warned to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution against the heavy smoke. Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for some time this morning.

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