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King's Lynn residents warned to close windows due to Clenchwarton fire



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Dozens of firefighters were called to tackle a large fire in a West Norfolk village yesterday afternoon.

Residents in several nearby communities, including parts of Lynn, were advised to keep doors and windows closed because of the incident in Clenchwarton.

And a second emergency call reporting smoke in part of Lynn may be linked to the blaze.

The scene of the fire in Clenchwarton (56515033)
The scene of the fire in Clenchwarton (56515033)

The Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service says it was called to what it described as "a fire in the open" on Main Road at around 4.35pm on Friday.

A post on the King's Lynn Police Twitter account said both Norfolk and Cambridgeshire crews are currently at the scene. At the height of the incident, 16 separate units were in attendance.

It added: "Residents of local villages and Kings Lynn are advised to keep all windows closed for the time being. Road closures are in place."

Smoke was visible over a wide area from the scene of the blaze at Clenchwarton (56515030)
Smoke was visible over a wide area from the scene of the blaze at Clenchwarton (56515030)

An update posted by the fire service on its Twitter feed this morning said the response had been "scaled down", but the incident was still ongoing.

The fire service's online incident log also reported that a Hunstanton unit was sent to Estuary Road in Lynn at around 5.15pm to investigate reports of smoke in the area.

The entry said that was found to be "smoke from another incident in the area."

Nearby residents are being affected by the smoke (56515036)
Nearby residents are being affected by the smoke (56515036)

UPDATE: Eyewitness describes huge fire and road closure as smoke billows across the area



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