Fire hits Indian restaurant

STAFF had to be evacuated from an Indian restaurant in Gorleston after fire broke out in one of the downstairs toilets.The two cleaners were working at Bangla Nites in Lowestoft Road when they noticed smoke coming from the toilet at 9.

STAFF had to be evacuated from an Indian restaurant in Gorleston after fire broke out in one of the downstairs toilets.

The two cleaners were working at Bangla Nites in Lowestoft Road when they noticed smoke coming from the toilet at 9.30am on Tuesday and called the fire service.

Firefighters from Yarmouth arrived two or three minutes later to put out the fire at the restaurant, which was closed.

However, the small fire caused damage to one of the water pipes and the kitchen area, resulting in the gas and electricity being switched off while repairs were carried out.

The premises were closed on Tuesday and had not reopened by Wednesday evening.

The restaurant's manager Ahmed Limon said the cleaners were not injured during the incident and estimated the cost of repairing the damage could be between �3,000 and �5,000. He believed the fire may have been caused a cigarette.

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A spokesman for Norfolk police said officers were called to the scene shortly before 11am and closed off Lowestoft Road until 12.15pm while the firefighters dealt with the incident.

He added the fire was not being treated as suspicious.