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Fire station blaze causes damage put at £2m

An investigation has started after a blaze destroyed both a fire station and the new fire engine inside at an estimated cost of £2 million.

It happened in Downham Market at around midnight on Monday night. People living nearby had to be evacuated after breathing apparatus cylinders inside the building exploded.

Dozens of firefighters from across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire tackled the flames which had been spotted by officers working at the police station next door.

The ravaged building was only eight years old. A thorough investigation is underway but early indications are that an electrical fault was to blame.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

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Blaze destroys West Norfolk fire station

The fire station at Downham Market has been destroyed. Credit: Picture: Kathy Mellish.

A retained fire station at Downham Market in Norfolk has been destroyed in a blaze overnight.

Eight crews from the surrounding area tackled the fire on London Road which began just after midnight.

The fire engine stationed there has been destroyed.

The fire engine based at the station has also been destroyed. Credit: Picture: Kathy Mellish.
The fire station at Downham Market has been destroyed. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
The fire station at Downham Market the morning after the blaze. Credit: Picture: Kathy Mellish.

Norfolk: First signs of spring as lambing begins

A Rare Breeds Centre near Downham Market in Norfolk has begun its lambing season, but has spring come early because of our mild winter?

Statistics say we've had one of the mildest and sunniest winters in East Anglia for years, with higher than average amounts of sunshine.

In Cambridgeshire, the popular snow drop festival at Anglesey Abbey has come two weeks early and blossom is already starting to appear on many trees across the region.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

Pictures: Lambing gets underway at Norfolk farm

A 2 week old lamb at Church Farm. Credit: ITV News Anglia

At Church Farm rare breed centre near Downham Market in Norfolk, the lambing season is in full swing.

The lamb pictured above is around 2 weeks old, and the farm park will carry on lambing up until April.

Lambing often begins in February. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's not unusual in East Anglia for lambing to be early in February, because the climate here is generally kinder.

Farmers will lamb all at once, while places like Church Farm stagger their lambing, because rare breeds come into season at different times.

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Body found in river

Police in Norfolk are investigating after a man's body was found in the river at Downham Market this morning. The body was discovered close to the A1122 in the Hythe Bridge area, following a call from a member of the public.

The area has been cordoned off while enquiries continue, but police don't believe the death is suspicious.

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