Long Stratton: Photos show full extent of A140 fire

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7:23 AM July 15, 2022



Photos show the full extent of the devastating damage caused by a fire that tore through flats above a parade of shops. 

Billowing smoke filled the air as up to seven crews tackled the fire which started just off the A140 in Long Stratton, opposite the Shell Garage, at 1.50pm on Thursday (July 14).


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Smoke rising from the building which caught fire on Thursday afternoon
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Firefighters on an aerial ladder platform pictured extinguishing the blaze
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The dramatic incident brought more than a dozen people into the streets looking on as firefighters battled the flames. 

The blaze left some of the flats with no roof at all, while the others suffered serious damage.

Alison Thomas, south Norfolk district and Norfolk County councillor for Long Stratton, said that after being alerted to the incident via social media, she went to the scene to offer her support.


Fire in Long Stratton. Pictures: Brittany Woodman


Fire in Long Stratton. Pictures: Brittany Woodman

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Shocked bystanders observing the situation in Long Stratton


Shocked bystanders observing the situation in Long Stratton

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She said: “My immediate thought was is everyone accounted for and is everyone safe?

“The next issue is how you deal with the aftermath of something like that happening.


Fire in Long Stratton. Pictures: Brittany Woodman


Fire in Long Stratton. Pictures: Brittany Woodman

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Up to seven crews tackled the blaze in Long Stratton
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“A number of flats have been completely destroyed so people have lost everything – it is devastating.”

Norfolk Constabulary closed the road for several hours while emergency services attended the scene but the route has since reopened.


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The fire crews putting out the fire revealing destroyed buildings
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Fire in Long Stratton. Pictures: Brittany Woodman

Emergency services gather at the scene of the fire in Long Stratton
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Gordon Oliver, station manager for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed there were no injuries.

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