Leicester factory fire: Hundreds of residents allowed home

Damping down
Image caption Firefighters were at the fire in Melton Road throughout the night

Hundreds of people have been allowed to return to their homes after a massive factory fire in Leicester.

Firefighters remain at the scene of the blaze, which broke out on Thursday morning in Melton Road.

Demolition workers have been clearing debris after the building, next to a petrol station, collapsed. More than 200 homes in the area were evacuated.

Investigations into the cause of the fire will take place once the site has been made safe, police said.

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Image caption The blaze forced the evacuation of hundreds of terraced homes

At its height, there were 10 engines at the scene and firefighters spent all day tackling the blaze. They remained damping down through the night, the fire service said.

More than 200 homes were evacuated during the fire, which destroyed the four-storey former factory along with businesses inside, including a furniture warehouse.

Leicestershire Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) tweeted on Thursday night: "21:25 Team stood down from rest centre. All residents allowed home or have alternative accommodation."

Police said no-one was injured and fire service investigators will enter the building "when it is safe to do so".

The A607 Melton Road remains closed in both directions between the A563 Troon Way junction and the A6030 Checketts Road junction.

Image caption The fire, which forced the evacaution of 200 homes, broke out next door to a BP petrol station.

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