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The great fire of Little Chesterford in 1914

There are a series of events being held this week to mark the centenary of a fire which destroyed an Essex village.

The fire destroyed most of the village of Little Chesterford near Saffron Walden in Essex, including 9 houses, 2 farms and 2 pubs, yet miraculously no one died in the great fire of 1914.

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Marking the great fire of Little Chesterford

There are a series of events being held this week to mark the centenary of a fire which destroyed an Essex village.

The aftermath of the 1914 fire in Little Chesterford Credit: ITV Anglia

The fire destroyed most of the village of Little Chesterford near Saffron Walden in Essex, including 9 houses, 2 farms and 2 pubs, yet miraculously no one died in the great fire of 1914.

It is believed the fire may have started after sparks from a steam traction engine travelling along the main road set fire to a straw stack, the sparks then spread to the thatched buildings in the village.

In 1914 firefighting equipment was limited to one small pump, which has been tracked down and restored.

The 1914 pump which helped tackle the fire has been restored Credit: ITV Anglia

The fire left a quarter of the village of the village homeless now there's an exhibition and commemoration of the fire in the village.

The village of Little Chesterford now Credit: ITV Anglia

While there are now very few signs that the village was destroyed one hundred years ago people here are determined that the events won't be forgotten.

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Martham fire: Investigation continues

Investigations are continuing into what started a major fire in Norfolk that caused the evacuation of a number of homes.

The blaze broke out at a mushroom farm on White Street in Martham on Friday.

At the height of the blaze more than 40 firefighters were tackling the flames which spread over three buildings.

A number of people living nearby had to spend the evening in a temporary rest centre

Investigation underway into farm fire

Investigations are underway into a major fire in Norfolk that saw a number of homes evacuated.

Fire crews were first called to a mushroom farm on White Street in Martham at half past four yesterday.

At the height of the blaze more than 40 firefighters were tackling the flames spread over three buildings.

A number of people living nearby had to spend the evening in a temporary rest centre, others in the village were told to keep their windows and doors closed.

An investigation is now underway to find the cause of the fire.

Man rescued from Norwich fire

A man was rescued from a house fire in Norwich earlier today.

Crews from Sprowston Carrow and Earlham went to the scene. One person had to be treated for smoke inhalation, but everyone else in the house escaped uninjured

The fire broke out shortly after the end of the latest strike action by the Fire Brigades Union in a long running row over pensions.

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Fire unions set to strike

Firefighters will walk out between 7pm and midnight tonight Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fire Brigades Union members across the region will be out on strike once again this evening.

Tonight's strike takes place between 7pm and midnight.

Further action is planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, in an ongoing dispute over pension reforms.

Parents begin fundraising campaign for fire-ravaged school

Parents of children at a school in Essex which was destroyed by fire over the weekend have started a fundraising campaign to help rebuild it.

The start of term has been delayed for nearly 300 pupils at John Ray Infant School in Braintee because of the blaze.

Essex County Council has pledged to rebuild the school "as soon as possible" and alternative arrangements are being made for children to make sure they do not miss too many lessons.

An investigation into the fire has found it was started accidentally.

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