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Explosions heard after fire near to hotel in Norwich city centre

PUBLISHED: 08:30 11 January 2020 | UPDATED: 14:02 11 January 2020

Police at the scene following the fire on Prince of Wales Road      PIC: Peter Walsh.

Police at the scene following the fire on Prince of Wales Road PIC: Peter Walsh.

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An area close to a city hotel was cordoned off by police following a fire in the open which resulted in several “explosions” being heard.

Scorched pavement following a fire on Prince of Wales Road. PIC: Peter Walsh.Scorched pavement following a fire on Prince of Wales Road. PIC: Peter Walsh.

Emergency services were called to Prince of Wales Road, near to the Nelson Hotel to what is believed to have been bedding that was set on fire,

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Members of the public reported hearing "several small explosions" after the fire broke out at about 6.15am this morning (Saturday, January 11).

A fire crew from Earlham attended the fire. The crew used hose reel jets supplemented by a hydrant to extinguish the fire.

A spokesman in the Norfolk Fire and Rescue control room confirmed that it was "believed to be some bedding on fire".

The area, which is a popular spot for homeless people to bed down overnight, was cordoned off by police early on Saturday but was later removed leaving only the scorched pavement as a sign that there had been a fire there.


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