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Charity car wash goes ahead after Downham Market fire station blaze

12:00 16 March 2014

Crew manager Justin Lewis gets cleaning. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Crew manager Justin Lewis gets cleaning. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Firefighters didn’t let a blaze which destroyed their fire station and fire engine get in the way of a charity car wash.

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The retained crew from Downham Market moved Saturday’s event to the nearby Chris Brown body repair centre, on Sovereign Way.

Watch manger Kim Scotney said: “I don’t know how many cars we washed but it was non-stop most of the day, itv was just one after another.”

He said it was hoped that the event would have raised more than £1,000 for the Firefighters Charity, once money raised with a bucket collection at Tesco had been added to the £500 raised by the crew.

Mr Scotney said he wished to thank Chris Brown and Shire Foods, for the use of their premises and shared drive, Tesco for staging the collection, Knicat Bakery, who held a cake sale.

Downham Air Cadets helped with the car wash, with the crew’s replacement fire engine supplying the water.

Flames tore through the town’s fire station, in Priory Close, in the early hours of Tuesday. Experts are still investigating the cause of the blaze, which gutted the station and also destroyed a £300,000 fire appliance.

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