People return to their homes after explosions at workshop fire in Lowestoft

Area closed off after fire starts in workshop, in Lowestoft

Area closed off after fire starts in workshop, in Lowestoft - Credit: Archant

People are returning to their homes after being evacuated as firefighters battled a blaze in Lowestoft.

A fire broke out at a workshop in Elm Road, in Lowestoft - Image credit Michael Howes

A fire broke out at a workshop in Elm Road, in Lowestoft - Image credit Michael Howes - Credit: Archant

Families were evacuated from their homes after a fire broke out at a workshop in Lowestoft.

It is understood the evacuation was ordered because of fears the blaze at the building in Long Road could cause explosions.

Long Road resident Hugh Robbins was one of those who called the emergency services and he said he heard an explosion and saw roof tiles fly off.

He added: 'I saw some trees on fire so I called 999. Then the fire crews told us to leave our houses.'

Six fire crews were sent to the scene, near the junction with Homefield Avenue, at about 6pm on Sunday.

There were more than 20 people in the street after being evacuated from their homes and they were eventually let back inside at 8.30pm. The road was re-opened an hour later.

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The cause of the fire and extent of the damage to the workshop was unclear last night.

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