Firefighters tackle major Lynn blaze

Fire crews from across west Norfolk are tonight battling a major blaze in the centre of King's Lynn.The first firefighters arrived at St James Pool minutes after the alarm was raised at 8pm.

Fire crews from across west Norfolk are tonight battling a major blaze in the centre of King's Lynn.

The first firefighters arrived at St James Pool minutes after the alarm was raised at 8pm. They called for reinforcements after finding the building, at the junction of London Road and Blackfriars Street, was well alight.

A plume of smoke could be seen from miles away as seven crews from Lynn, Terrington and Sandringham attacked the fire.

A hydraulic platform was used to direct water down onto the fire, which was believed to have taken hold in the roof space of the 35-year-old pool, which underwent major refurbishment in 2000.

It is believed the council-run leisure centre had been closed for some hours before the fire was spotted.

London Road was closed to traffic at the junction with Blackfriars Street and Railway Road, effectively closing Lynn town centre to any traffic from the west.

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Drivers faced long detours as a crowd gathered to watch in The Walks, which provided a safe vantage point as the drama unfolded.

By 9pm the fire had been brought under control and firefighters were preparing to start damping down to prevent re-ignition.

Tomorrow specialist investigators will move in to try and find the cause of the blaze.

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