Fakenham fire: Tell us your stories of market town’s day of drama

The fire at Fakenham. PHOTO: Andy Tickle

The fire at Fakenham. PHOTO: Andy Tickle


As Fakenham wakes up to the aftermath of its most destructive fire for centuries, we want to hear your accounts of this market town’s day of drama, and how the blaze has affected you.

The former Aldiss department store, which had been home to the Original Factory Shop in recent years, is in ruins this morning after what has been described as the town’s biggest blaze since Tudor times.

The landmark building will need to be demolished, changing the townscape forever and causing misery for businesses and householders in the Market Place.

Fire crews rescued two people, homes were evacuated and the congregation at Fakenham Parish Church feared the flames may spread to their 14th-century place of worship.

Were you among those affected? We’d like to hear what impact the fire had on you, your home, or your business. We’re also interested to read more first-hand witness accounts of how the drama unfolded in Fakenham yesterday.

Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01362 854703 or email

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  • I feel absolutely horrified at what i have just read on these comments, Yeah ok they probably did sell items cheap but to be honest i think your attitude samphirelover is disgusting, people have lost their jobs and homes and all you can think about was avoiding it, sorry but i think your totally wrong and out of order, show some compassion!!

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    Tanya Abel

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • To clairetwinkletoes ... Rosie also said the same but probably more nicely than I did. It's the truth though.

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    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • It's a shame that samphirelover chooses to take this attitude... Thanks to the emergency crews who did such am amazing job in ensuring that no one was seriously injured and the fire was controlled without causing any more damage. What the shop did or didn't sell is irrelevant, it provided much needed employment and meant that the old Aldiss building was not just another empty shop.

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    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • We bought everything in Aldiss and it was good quality. Material for sewing, ribbon, cottons, knitting wool, felt, underwear, baby items, shoes, clothes etc etc. The Shop it is now bears no resemblance at all and it's all just cheap tat from china. It's no wonder it went up so quickly because all that plastic stuff must be highly flammable. I avoided the shop because it stank of cheap plastic when you went in and it was an awful smell.

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    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • I had tears in my eyes this morning when I saw the results of yesterday's fire. It has been part of my life for nearly 40 years, I was sad enough when Aldiss closed and became a characterless shop but now to lose such a beautiful building is dreadful. The old family run dept stores were so lovely, so many happy memories of it and so much the centre of the town...if only they could save the facade that's left in some way or incorporate parts of it in another building for posterity...

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    Rosie Brown

    Monday, May 26, 2014

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