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Photos reveal devastation of fire which closed A47 for six hours

PUBLISHED: 13:35 24 May 2020 | UPDATED: 08:53 26 May 2020

The aftermath of the barn fire at Hopton-on-Sea which closed the A47. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The aftermath of the barn fire at Hopton-on-Sea which closed the A47. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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New pictures have revealed the extent of damage caused by a barn fire which emergency services spent more than six hours putting out.

The aftermath of the barn fire at Hopton-on-Sea which closed the A47. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe aftermath of the barn fire at Hopton-on-Sea which closed the A47. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A decision was made to close the A47 in Hopton-on-Sea, near Great Yarmouth’s James Paget University Hospital, at around midday on Saturday, May 23 as thick, black smoke billowed over the dual carriageway after a barn full of wood and plastic burst into flames.

READ MORE: A47 closed as firefighters deal with major blaze

A barn fire next to Tolhouse cottage on Lowestoft Road burt into flames, temporarily closing the A47. The barn largely stores wood and plastic. Photo: Mick HowesA barn fire next to Tolhouse cottage on Lowestoft Road burt into flames, temporarily closing the A47. The barn largely stores wood and plastic. Photo: Mick Howes

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At least four fire appliances and a water carrier were dispatched to the scene as firefighters from both Norfolk and Suffolk Fire and Rescue services put out the blaze at a barn next to Tolhouse cottage on Lowestoft Road.

Nearby residents were urged to keep their windows and doors close as a precaution.

Pictures have revealed the extreme damage caused by the blaze, which destroyed the roof and most walls of the agricultural building.

The aftermath of the barn fire at Hopton-on-Sea which closed the A47. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe aftermath of the barn fire at Hopton-on-Sea which closed the A47. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

With charred bricks and remnants of window frames all that can be seen still standing, the pictures show how large a fire the emergency services had to tackle.

READ MORE: A47 reopens after six-hour fight to put out blaze


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