Norfolk Fire Service has released more details about the fierce blaze that tore through historic buildings in the heart of Fakenham yesterday. Crews from Fakenham, Wells, Kings Lynn, Dereham, Reepham, Sandringham, Sheringham, Aylsham, West Walton, Hunstanton and Sprowston were in action.
Water carriers from Hethersett and Fakenham were used, together with aerial ladder platforms from Kings Lynn and Earlham.The welfare unit from Attleborough and the control unit from Wymondham were also on site.
Relief crews from Swaffham, Holt, Hingham, Mundesley, Harleston, Gorleston, Acle, Watton, Methwold, Cromer, Heacham, and Stalham also attended and fire fighters remain at the scene today.
Investigations are continuing into a fire which destroyed an historic row of buildings in Norfolk in one of the biggest blazes seen in the county for years.
Ninety firefighters tackled the blaze in Fakenham. Roads were closed as crews tried to douse the flames.
Eighty people had to leave a nearby church when the alarm was raised just as Sunday service was about to begin.
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Firefighters are continuing to tackle the blaze in Fakenham but Norfolk Fire has tweeted to confirm everyone has been accounted for.
Norfolk Fire say 14 pumps are now at the scene. Thick clouds of smoke are drifting over the town and roads in the area have been closed to allow crews to tackle the fire.
Ten fire crews are fighting a large fire in a shop in the centre of Fakenham. The fire in the Factory Shop in the market place is being treated as a major incident. Fifty fire fighters are at the scene, together with an aerial ladder, control unit and search and rescue teams.
The alarm was raised at around 10.30am and Norfolk Fire Service are urging people to stay clear of the area while they try to bring the flames under control.
Ten fire crews are tackling a blaze in Fakenham market place. Norfolk Fire Service say a shop is on fire and are appealing for people to stay clear of the area.
Former Python and world traveller Michael Palin has been in Norfolk. He was at Fakenham Junior School following in the footsteps of his grandfather.
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