The owner of a kebab takeaway in Ipswich has spoken of the "very tough" nine months he and his staff have endured while being closed following a fire.

In April 2023, a fire broke out at Turkish Kebab House in Upper Orwell Street.

Ten crews from around Suffolk were sent to the scene to extinguish the fire, which caused so much damage the kebab shop had to close.

It has now reopened after a long spell closed.

Mohammed Ahmedzai, owner of the shop, said: "It was a very tough time.

"We couldn't work because this was our shop, so we have just been restless to get the shop reopened again."

Ipswich Star: The new look front of the Kebab houseThe new look front of the Kebab house (Image: Submitted)

The kebab house reopened last Tuesday, almost exactly nine months after the fire happened.

Mr Ahmedzai added: "We are delighted to finally be open again. The shop is looking very nice.

"All of our machines are brand new, we don't have anything from the old shop.

"The shop front looks new and even the upstairs flat is fully refurbished as well.

"We are just happy to be open again and provide nice food for our customers."

The shop has reopened with offers for customers to celebrate.

Ipswich Star: Fire crews tackling the fire back in AprilFire crews tackling the fire back in April (Image: SFRS)