LAKENHEATH, England — An antiques shop a few miles from RAF Lakenheath was left in ruins after a fire Monday night.

Residents of the four flats above the shop on Back Street were not home when the flames spread out of control at around 7:30 p.m, fire officials said.

The flames eventually caused the two-story building to crash to the ground.

Fire crews from Lakenheath and neighboring towns, such as Methwold, Brandon, Mildenhall and Bury St. Edmunds helped battle the fire, which took about two hours to contain.

Divisional officer John Wilcock from the Suffolk Fire service said attempts to salvage antiques from the burning building were abandoned when the situation deemed too risky.

“We were advised by a building control officer that the building was unstable, so all the crews had left the shop and were fighting the fire from a distance when the first floor collapsed,” he said.

The fire is under investigation, a Suffolk Constabulary spokesperson said.

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