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Leicester paint factory L & M Spray demolished after fire

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Media captionFirefighters tackle paint factory blaze pictured by Pukaar News

A spray paint factory in Leicester has been demolished after it was severely damaged by a large fire.

Firefighters said the L & M Spray building was unsafe following the blaze which broke out in Gladstone Street at 10:20 BST on Saturday.

Huge plumes of smoke could be seen across the city during the fire - which was started accidentally.

Several streets were closed while the fire was tackled, causing delays in the city centre.

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Image caption Witnesses said the fire and resulting road closures caused chaos in Leicester city centre
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Image caption Firefighters were called to L & M Spray at 10:20 BST on Saturday morning
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Image caption The fire has been confirmed as accidental
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Image caption Huge plumes of black smoke were seen around the city
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Image caption Fire crews remained at the scene for several hours

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