90 firefighters from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire called to West Norfolk motor business in the early hours

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Fire crews have left the scene of a major blaze which saw a Downham Market road closed for more than five hours this morning.

Around 90 firefighters from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire were called to the St Johns estate on the edge of Downham when fire broke out at David Jones Cars around 3.20am.

The A1122 was closed between Hythe Bridge and the junction of the B1507 Downham Road until around 7am this morning.

Station manager Bob Ayers, of King’s Lynn, said the crews faced a difficult job and because of the way the buildings were constructed, they fought the fire from the outside.

“We did not commit any crews into the workshop itself. At one point the crews were withdrawn because we thought there were acetylene bottles inside. Once we knew that wasn’t the case, we carried on,” he said.

Engines from Downham Market, King’s Lynn, Methwold, West Walton, Outwell, Wisbech and Terrington were all called.

Mr Ayers said two vehicles inside the main workshop were damaged by the blaze, but several vehicles were also moved to safety by officers.

A large workshop, 30m x 40m, was severely damaged but an adjoining office was also saved by the fire service.

Investigators are currently at the scene.

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