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Could your photos help Fakenham fire investigation?

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Fakenham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Officials investigating a fire which destroyed a historic town centre building in Fakenham are appealing for witnesses to send in their photos of the blaze.

The Original Factory Shop caught fire on Sunday morning as shoppers began to arrive.

Two people had to be rescued from flats above the store and five families have been left homeless.

Norfolk Fire Service wants people to send in photos and videos to


Shop staff praised for their quick reactions as fire took hold

The Original Factory Shop is consumed by fire Credit: ITV Anglia

Staff at the Original Factory Shop in Fakenham have been praised for leaving the building so quickly once the fire alarm sounded.

Marketing Director Colin Leggatt said workers got shoppers out and left immediately without going back for their possessions. Phones, car keys and bags were all burned.

Mr Leggatt said the company was trying to find work for the 12 employees at its other branches in Dereham and Snettisham while it looks for other premises in Fakenham. It'll hold a staff meeting tomorrow.

Staff are also being offered counselling to help them come to terms with Sunday's blaze. The company says work to find out what started the fire may take some days.


Demolition experts to tackle fire ravaged buildings

Aerial view of damage to Fakenham market place Credit: Mike Page

Experts are to be called in to demolish the remains of historic buildings ravaged by fire in Fakenham.

The old Aldiss building on Upper Market Place is a smoking ruin after Sunday's fire. More than ninety fire fighters brought it under control. Crews were at the scene overnight.

People were led to safety from flats in the row but no-one was injured. Norfolk's Fire chief said the buildings could not be saved.

Before and after - aerial pictures show extent of fire damage

Aerial view of Fakenham market place before the fire Credit: Mike Page
Fakenham town centre after the fire Credit: Mike Page

These aerial pictures taken by photographer Mike Page show the extent of the damage, and just how close the fire was to the town's 14th century church. Read here about the continuing operation to douse the flames and here to see pictures of the fire at its height.

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