Surrey

Fire destroys roof of Farnham's 17th Century Bourne Mill

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Media captionBourne Mill Antiques Centre fire: Centre described as 'Aladdin's Cave'

Fire crews have been tackling a major fire at a 17th Century mill that houses more than 70 antiques dealers.

The blaze broke out at the four-storey Bourne Mill Antiques Centre in Guildford Road, Farnham, Surrey, at about 12:20 GMT on Tuesday.

Eight crews from Surrey and Hampshire used aerial ladders to tackle flames which have completely destroyed the building's roof.

No-one is believed to have been injured by the fire.

David Munro, Surrey County Councillor for Farnham, said the fire was a "tragedy for town" and everyone involved with the mill via Twitter.

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Image caption It is not yet known how the fire started

Firefighters are currently damping down the building.

The 17th Century mill, which straddles a tributary of the River Wey, is described as being "one of the oldest" in Surrey and the "longest continuous site of business in Farnham".

Bourne Mill Antiques Centre refers to the building as "a real Aladdin's Cave of antiques, vintage, collectables and home wares" on site website.

It is not yet known what caused the blaze.

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