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Fire at Marriott’s Warehouse in King’s Lynn

Fire & Emergency news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

Fire & Emergency news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

Staff have been evacuated and five fire engines are at the scene after a fire started in a wall cavity at one of Lynn’s most historic buildings on Lynn’s South Quay.

Fire crews were called to the scene at Marriott’s Warehouse at 11.15am.

Firefighters are concerned about the fire, which is in a cavity in the wall of the building, because it might affect the timber frame.

There is smoke on all floors of the building and staff have been evacuated with no injuries.

The cellars and ground floor of Marriott’s Warehouse were flooded and covered in sludge in last month’s high tide, forcing it to close for a number of days.

Marriott’s Warehouse is thought to have been built in its present form by local merchant Thomas Clayborne in around 1580 as a warehouse for corn, salt and wine, although the site was a riverside quay by 1300 and some of the oldest timbers in the building date back to this time.

The site is now home to a ground floor cafe with an exhibition area on the first floor, focused on the town’s historic buildings.

 

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