Fire station destroyed by blaze

The fire station in Downham Market, Norfolk, has been destroyed by a blaze

The fire station in Downham Market, Norfolk, has been destroyed by a blaze

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An investigation has been launched after a fire station was destroyed by a blaze.

Eight fire appliances were called from across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire after flames were spotted coming from the windows of the fire station in Downham Market, Norfolk, at about 12.30am.

The blaze started in a bay where the station's fire engine was housed. Nobody was injured.

Norfolk's Chief Fire Officer, Nigel Williams, said: "Our priority today is to provide full fire cover for the people of Downham and I am pleased that this has been achieved very quickly."

The town's retained fire crew has been provided with new equipment and a replacement fire engine, which is being kept at the nearby police station.

Dan Roper, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for public protection , said: "Although incidents like this are very rare, we have contingency plans in place to deal with emergencies such as this.

"This event reminds us that nobody is immune when a fire breaks out."

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