Electrical fault the likely cause of major fire at former Aldiss building in Fakenham

The scene of the major fire in Fakenham. PHOTO: Andy Tickle

The scene of the major fire in Fakenham. PHOTO: Andy Tickle - Credit: Archant

Fakenham's biggest fire in living memory was probably caused by an electrical fault, investigations have concluded.

The blaze, on May 25 last year, destroyed one of Fakenham's most prominent and recognisable buildings and severely damaged some flats and shops.

The former Aldiss building was completely gutted, The Original Factory Shop, which leased the premises, had to relocate to an industrial estate in the town, and tenants in nearby flats were forced to find new homes. Now, eight months on, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have concluded their investigations and say the blaze most likely started in a light fitting in the suspended ceiling on the ground floor.

Fakenham mayor Jeremy Punchard, who works for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: 'It is good news that a likely cause has been established.

'This should help to progress insurance pay outs and help the town move on.'


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We have previously reported how the Aldiss family have commissioned a feasibility study, to see what options are available with regards to rebuilding a premises at the fire site.

Mr Punchard said: 'I believe this should help the process of rebuilding something there and, hopefully, there should be no more major hold ups with moving things on.

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'Everyone is excited to learn what will happen.'

Immediately after the fire, the Eastern Daily Press and its sister title the Fakenham and Wells Times launched the Let's Fight for Fakenham campaign, which raised thousands of pounds for tenants who lost their homes and three Fakenham-based charities.

What do you think should replace the former Aldiss building?

E mail adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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