Huge fire destroys factory on Melton Road
A huge fire has completely destroyed a derelict furniture factory on Melton Road, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes.
The scale of the fire, which started at approximately 7:15am yesterday (7 August), has left many residents needing to be placed in emergency accommodation.
Firefighters worked all day and into the night yesterday to bring the blaze under control, battling to make sure it didn’t reach a nearby petrol station. They eventually managed to dampen the blaze and demolition work began yesterday evening.
Following the blaze, Melton Road has been closed all day today – mainly to allow for access of the machinery being used to demolish the factory and ensure its safety. There’s no official word yet on when Melton Road will reopen, with police officials suggesting it could remain closed over the weekend.
The intensity of the fire led to windows in buildings opposite to blow out, and ash covered cars in several adjacent streets.
You can get a feel for the intensity of the blaze in the below video posted on Facebook:
The factory is thought to have been a wool factory which also housed a furniture shop and several other businesses.
Luckily, no-one is believed to have been hurt in the blaze.
As yet, the cause of the fire is unknown.
Image source: www.leicestermercury.co.uk/factory-destroyed-blaze/story-22218049-detail/story.html