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18:52 13 September 2012

Firefighters battle the large fire at Camp Farm in Roudham. Photograph Simon Parker

Firefighters battle the large fire at Camp Farm in Roudham. Photograph Simon Parker

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A Norfolk farmer is set to lose millions of pounds after one of his buildings went up in flames this morning.

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Eighty firefighters were sent to the large-scale blaze at a warehouse in Roudham Road near the Roudham Heath Industrial Estate at about 9.15am.

Nineteen fire engines, three of which are from Suffolk Fire Service, were sent to the Camp Farm site.

The structure of the warehouse, which is about 3,800 square metres, has remained largely intact after firefighters managed to ventilate most of the heat through roof lights.

The fire has now been brought under control.

The warehouse contained potatoes, grain and seed, all of which has been destroyed. A combine harvester has also gone up in flames but firefighters have managed to salvage a grain drier.

Paul Rackham, owner of the site, said the value of the 2,500 tonnes of grain which had been destroyed was about £500,000 and that the warehouse was worth £2m.

Mr Rackham, whose business has been on the site for 15 years, said: “It’s heartbreaking to something like this happen.”

Fire engines were sent from East Harling, Thetford, Attleborough, Diss, Hethersett, Watton, Hingham, Long Stratton, Wymondham, Earlham, Dereham and Harleston. Engines from Suffolk Fire Service have also been deployed from Brandon, Ixworth and Eye.

Firefirefighters, working under the instruction of Norfolk Fire Service’s assistant chief officer Roy Harold, are using three main jets to tackle the blaze.

It is not yet known how the fire started.

Roy Harold, Norfolk Fire Service’s assistant chief officer, said: “This is our day job and this is the bigger end of what we do but for the occupier, this is a disaster.”

Last month, as previously reported, Camp Farm won planning permission to use two agricultural buildings for commercial storage.

The decision to enable the use of two of the 15 buildings on the site for store shop fittings for a major retailer came despite the fears of two parish councils saying the site was being turned into “an industrial estate by stealth”.

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