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'Massive' factory fire in Leicester under control

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Media captionPolice moved many people away from the blaze area

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a plastics factory fire in Leicester that resulted in the evacuation of 140 people.

Firefighters are damping down after the blaze in the Belgrave area of the city on Monday afternoon.

Some households are without power, and a few dozen residents have still not returned to their homes.

Explosions were heard during the fire but no-one was injured, fire officials said. Some roads remain closed.

'Gas explosions'

The fire started in Abbey Mills, off Ross Walk, at about 14:00 GMT.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said the fire was "contained", but crews remained at the scene.

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"Engineers from Western Power are at the scene working to restore electricity as soon as possible," a fire official said.

At the height of the blaze, water was taken from a nearby canal to help tackle the flames, and dozens of onlookers were moved on by police because of the "toxic" smoke being given off.

Leicestershire Fire Service station manager Michael Rogers said: "A small amount of water has run off into the canal but it is locked at both sides, so the pollution is contained.

"Explosions (in the factory) were predominantly down to small gas bottles that were sited at different places throughout the building, but nobody has been hurt."

Image caption Fire crews were still at the scene on Tuesday damping down the fire

Eyewitness Ronak Jason Kamat said: "All we could see were plumes of smoke. But things soon escalated and more flames became visible."

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Image caption Polluted water that entered the canal was contained, fire officials said
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Image caption A number of roads remain closed

Roads that remain closed are Ross Walk, Abbey Park Road, Olphin Street, Moorgate Street and Marjorie Street.

Smoke could be seen from Bradgate Park, about five miles (8km) away.

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Image caption People could see smoke from the fire in a local park several miles away
Image caption The fire was close to residential properties

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