Four homes have been left damaged after fire broke out. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

The community has pulled together to help four families after a fire ripped through their homes.

Smoke could be seen from the outskirts of King’s Lynn as firefighters tackled a blaze at a block of flats in St Edmundsbury Way, North Lynn.

Firefighters took an hour to control the fire which broke out on at around 3.10pm last Saturday.

There were no injuries but the flats have been left damaged and belongings destroyed. An investigation was still ongoing this week to establish the cause.

In the wake of the blaze, North Lynn resident Melanie Bridges posted a social media appeal for donations on the Free to a Good Home Norfolk Facebook group page.

“It just touched me and made me think if it was me and my children that lost everything, what would I do – it’s devastating so just wanted to see if I could help in any way. Since then, the support has been outstanding,” she said.

Faistead Community Shop has been accepting donations of bedding, clothing, toiletries and food on behalf of the families.

And 24-7 Self Store based at the Hardwick Industrial Estate in Lynn has offered some units to store donated items.

Charlie Barfoot, of Lynn, has also stepped in to help with the appeal after suffering a similar experience. 

He said: “I had a house fire back in September last year. I don’t even know the families involved, but when we had our house fire we was insured luckily. 

“But they lost everything so thought I wanted to do something to help.”

Freebridge Community  Housing owners of the flats, has found temporary accommodation for its tenants. 

Birgit Lenton, director of corporate services and culture for the housing association said: “We are in close contact with those affected by the fire on St Edmundsbury Road and will continue to support them in any way we can.

“In the meantime, we are working alongside the fire service while they conduct their investigations into what happened.” 

A spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has said the investigating officer said it would appear the fire to the block of flats on St Edmundsbury Road was accidental. 

“The cause of the fire is most likely a discarded cigarette which set rubbish, close to the property, on fire,” the spokesman said.

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