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Illegally parked cars block fire engine on way to blaze

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Fire crews struggled to get to a huge blaze in Leicester because of cars illegally parked on double yellow lines.

Engines heading to the fire at Belgrave Commercial Centre on Sunday evening had to navigate cars parked on both sides of the entrance to Buller Road in Leicestershire.

The vehicles were parked on a section of road which has double yellow lines painted on both sides and clearly visible 'no waiting' signs.

A passer-by took a picture of the engines carefully negotiating the entrance to the one-way street as they rushed to the scene.

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Karl Anderson, station manager at Birstall Fire Station, attended the Belgrave fire, and said engines did manage to get past the vehicles without causing any damage to them.

He added, however: "We all want to park as close as we can to where we want to get to, but can an emergency vehicle get through?

"That’s the question you have to ask.”

The fire service sent more than a dozen of its vehicles to deal with the incident.

Leicestershire Police shut Belgrave Road for more than eight hours while crews worked to bring the blaze under control.