Latest: Road re-opened as danger averted after Mundford garage fire

Evacuated residents have returned to their homes and the A134 re-opened after emergency crews put out a potentially dangerous garage fire at Mundford.

About 40 people had to leave their homes and a 200m cordon was put in place at about 8am this morning (Friday) when fire broke out in a lorry parked next to a domestic double garage, near the A134 / A1065 roundabout.

Concerns were initially raised about ten propane gas cylinders stored nearby, but they were not damaged in the fire.

Station manager Tim Lewis, based in Wymondham, said, although the blaze was not as bad as first thought, precautions were necessary against the potential explosion hazard.

He said: 'With cylinders and vehicles involved it could have been quite a catalyst, so at the time our main concern was for the safety of the crews and the public.'

Five fire crews from both Norfolk and Suffolk were called to the village, near Brandon, and quickly had the flames under control.

Crews remained at the scene until late morning, damping down the garage, whose roof has been damaged by the blaze.

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A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust said they attended the incident after a male received minor injuries to his hands. He declined hospital treatment.

The A134 was closed between the A1065 Swaffham Road junction and the Impson Way junction but re-opened at 12.30pm.

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