Fakenham fire: Two people led to safety

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Media captionTwo people were led to safety as fire broke out in the town centre at Fakenham

Two people were led to safety as a fire ripped through buildings near their flats in a market town in Norfolk on Sunday, it has been revealed.

The fire destroyed buildings in Fakenham causing millions of pounds of damage, but no-one was hurt.

The two people led to safety suffered the effects of breathing in smoke, firefighters said.

Part of the large building which housed the former Aldiss furniture shop collapsed and must be demolished.

Nearby buildings have been damaged but crews are not able to enter to inspect them as the fire is still smouldering in places and they remain dangerous.

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Image caption The fire spread to a nearby parked car, an eyewitness said
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Image caption The fire has damaged several businesses and flats in the area

John Linden, safety officer at the site, said: "Most of the contents of the building have fallen to ground level but there is still a substantial steel frame in the Aldiss building which can be assessed from above.

"Parts of the front wall are still safe but the right hand side of the building is still deemed dangerous, preventing us going in, so we are continuing with defensive firefighting for the present."

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Image caption Nearby homes were evacuated, Norfolk Fire Service said
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Image caption The town centre before the fire struck
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Image caption The damage to the town centre after the fire
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Image caption Eyewitness Shane Hyde said smoke could be seen all the way from Litcham

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