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Fire breaks out in tennis pavilion in city park

PUBLISHED: 16:11 23 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:59 24 November 2019

The fire has destroyed the thatched roof of the tennis pavilion. Picture: Ruth Lawes

The fire has destroyed the thatched roof of the tennis pavilion. Picture: Ruth Lawes

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People are being warned to close windows and avoid an area of Norwich after a fire broke out in a park.

Firefighters have to strip off every thatch in order to stop the blaze. Picture: Gavin BroscheFirefighters have to strip off every thatch in order to stop the blaze. Picture: Gavin Brosche

Around 25 firefighters are tackling a blaze at the tennis pavilion in Heigham Park in Jessopp Road, with four crews called to the park at around 2.22pm today.

Norfolk Fire Control said: "It is a significantly large building and thatched so it will take some time to extinguish."

Aorund 25 firefighters were called to the fire at the tennis pavilion in Heigham Park. Picture: Ruth LawesAorund 25 firefighters were called to the fire at the tennis pavilion in Heigham Park. Picture: Ruth Lawes

Friends of Heigham Park said on Facebook: "It is great sadness that the lovely tennis pavilion has suffered a fire. We do not know full details. Such a shame and we are sorry to be bearers of bad news"

Paul Seaman, group manager at Norfolk Fire, said: "The roof being thatched means it is a difficult fire to fight. The only way is to strip each thatch while containing the blaze. Crews are working very hard in difficult conditions."

A fire has broken out at tennis pavilion in Heigham Park. Picture: Ruth LawesA fire has broken out at tennis pavilion in Heigham Park. Picture: Ruth Lawes

He added fire crews would remain on the scene for the next two hours and will return again in the early hours tomorrow morning to monitor the blaze.

It is understood no other emergency services are on the scene but police have been informed.

A fire has broken out at tennis pavilion in Heigham Park. Picture: Ruth LawesA fire has broken out at tennis pavilion in Heigham Park. Picture: Ruth Lawes

The cause of the fire is unknown and investigations are underway.

No roads have been closed and no one has been injured in the fire.

Did you see what happened or do you have pictures of the fire? Email ruth.lawes@archant.co.uk

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