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Fire crews tackle large blaze at old holiday park

PUBLISHED: 09:14 22 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:31 22 August 2019

The former Pontins holiday park in Hemsby engulfed in flames following a fire on Thursday. Picture: Luke Nudd

The former Pontins holiday park in Hemsby engulfed in flames following a fire on Thursday. Picture: Luke Nudd

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Fire crews are tackling another blaze at the old Pontins site in Hemsby.

Six fire crews were called to the site at 1.20am this morning when a passerby reported seeing flames.

One crew is still on site and day crews will be returning later this morning to fight the flames.

Aerial pics of the Pontins site in Hemsby. Photo: Simon CarterAerial pics of the Pontins site in Hemsby. Photo: Simon Carter

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is advising people nearby to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.

The fire is believed to have started in the old theatre in the main building.

A fire at the old Pontins site in Hemsby last year. Picture Liasa DellerA fire at the old Pontins site in Hemsby last year. Picture Liasa Deller

Five pumps and an aerial ladder platform have been used to beat flames.

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In the last five years Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have been called to the former camp 15 times.

The most serious incident was in August last year when 90 firefighters battled a blaze at the main clubhouse of the 2,440-capacity park.

The Pontins site was closed in 2008. Picture: Joseph NortonThe Pontins site was closed in 2008. Picture: Joseph Norton

Some firefighters remained on the site for several days.

A single, basic call-out for the fire service costs around £300, meaning the total cost to the taxpayer is likely to run into thousands.

The former Pontins site has seen arson attacks in recent years. Picture: Joe NortonThe former Pontins site has seen arson attacks in recent years. Picture: Joe Norton

James Bensly, a borough councillor, has previously said the owners Northern Trust should be made to pay for the emergency response.

Last month Great Yarmouth Borough Council approved controversial plans to build nearly 200 homes on the site.

Objections had been lodged by residents, Hemsby Parish Council and Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis - all adamant the land should be retained for holiday use.

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