'It's causing carnage' - Homes gutted in large blaze near Swaffham

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Ashill near Swaffham.

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Ashill near Swaffham. - Credit: conranphotography.net

Firefighters are currently damping down a large blaze near Swaffham, where several homes caught fire.

Crews were called to the fire in a field behind in The Oaks in Ashill at about 5pm, where about 15 engines were on the scene.

The blaze quickly spread to the village centre as far as The Green adjacent to the duck pond where homes could be seen burning, with all roads into Ashill closed.

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Ashill near Swaffham.

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Ashill near Swaffham. - Credit: conranphotography.net

Other homes in close proximity to the fire were evacuated.

It is thought that no one has been injured in the fire.

Fire tears through homes in Ashill.

Fire tears through homes in Ashill. - Credit: conranphotography.net

Will Conran, who lives nearby, said many parts of the village were still burning, hours after the blaze started.

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Ashill near Swaffham.

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Ashill near Swaffham. - Credit: conranphotography.net

He said: "There's an awful lot of activity here even hours on.

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"It originated in a wheat field and has spread into various properties, it's gone an awful long way.

"Lots of homes are on fire and some of them had just been modernised, you can see the builder's equipment in the gardens.

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Ashill near Swaffham.

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Ashill near Swaffham. - Credit: conranphotography.net

"People are devastated, there's smoke everywhere and police are giving people masks because it's black smoke, I was coughing and wheezing.

Fire tears through homes in Ashill.

Fire tears through homes in Ashill. - Credit: conranphotography.net

"There are firefighters still arriving on the scene hours after and the police have declared it a major incident."

People living in the area said they were shocked at how quickly the fire reached the centre of the village.

Homes are currently burning in Ashill.

Homes are currently burning in Ashill. - Credit: conranphotography.net

One woman living in the area, who did not wish to be named, said: "It has been causing carnage, it started on the field behind the houses and quickly got closer.

"I hope everyone in those houses is okay."

Fire crews battle the blaze at Ashill.

Fire crews battle the blaze at Ashill. - Credit: conranphotography.net

A man living nearby added that high winds in the area had not helped the situation blowing the flames toward homes.

He said: "It was a massive field fire and now people's houses are burning, crews are attempting to sort it but this wind is helping no one."

An aerial ladder platform and support pump remain at the scene this morning.

A spokesman said some homes have been lost.

Fire crews remain at the scene this morning 

Fire crews remain at the scene this morning - Credit: CARL BERRISFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

A large blaze has left homes destroyed in Ashill

A large blaze has left homes destroyed in Ashill - Credit: CARL BERRISFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

The large blaze caused by extreme temperatures on Tuesday

The large blaze caused by extreme temperatures on Tuesday - Credit: CARL BERRISFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Families were evacuated from their homes on Tuesday 

Families were evacuated from their homes on Tuesday - Credit: CARL BERRISFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Families were evacuated from their homes in Ashill on Tuesday

Families were evacuated from their homes in Ashill on Tuesday - Credit: CARL BERRISFORD PHOTOGRAPHY