Leicester

Large fire at shisha cafe in Leicester factory building

Former Curzonia Knitwear factory
The shisha cafe is on the third floor of the four-storey building

Firefighters are damping down a large fire in Leicester which has damaged a shisha cafe.

They were called to the Curzonia Knitwear building, in Birstall Street, at about 11:20 BST.

Leicester City Council said it had previously raised health and safety issues with the owner of a shisha cafe on the third floor.

The fire service said the majority of the burning was in the shisha cafe, but the cause has not been established yet.

A spokesperson for Leicester City Council said: "When the council visited the shisha cafe a number of health and safety issues were noted.

"The owner of the business was advised to carry out the necessary works and a re-visit was being planned to ensure that the business was compliant."

Nine pumps were in attendance at the height of the fire but operations were reduced at about 15:15 BST.

A fire service spokesperson said: "Although the majority of the burning is located in the shisha lounge the cause of the fire has not been established."

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