Blaze destroys fire station and fire engine

A fire station at Downham Market in Norfolk has been destroyed in a blaze. The fire engine inside was also destroyed.

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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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