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11:52 28 May 2014

The scene in Fakenham town centre, after the fire in the town at the weekend. Picture: Ian Burt

The scene in Fakenham town centre, after the fire in the town at the weekend. Picture: Ian Burt

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Discovering the cause of Sunday’s fire in Fakenham could be a lengthy process.

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Investigations began yesterday with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service working closely with investigators working for Aldiss and North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

Bob Ayers, station manager from King’s Lynn, said: “Due to the amount of devastation it is very difficult to pinpoint the cause.

“It is not yet safe for us to enter the building and a lot will be down to interviews with witnesses, both firefighters and members of the public, who were at the scene when the fire started.”

Most of Fakenham Market Place is still closed off to traffic.

Mr Ayers was unable to say yesterday how long the cordons would remain in place, but said it could be for several days.

He said Aldiss would need to ultimately decide if the building is demolished.

Fifteen firefighters remained at the scene of the fire yesterday to ensure people were safe.

Mr Ayers said: “The fires are still burning underneath all of the debris and we’ve had a couple of flare ups today so we need to have people on scene ready to ensure the fire doesn’t start up again and to keep people safe.”

Despite heavy rain in Fakenham yesterday, many onlookers stayed to keenly observe the work being carried out.

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