See inside: Office ruined after huge late-night blaze

The damaged roof of the building following the fire on Saturday night 

The damaged roof of the building following the fire on Saturday night - Credit: Ben Hardy

A city office has been gutted after a neighbouring house caught fire over the Easter weekend. 

Emergency services attended the junction of Mile Cross Lane, Boundary Road and Cromer Road around 11pm on Saturday night after a fire broke out in a private garden next door.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car office, in Mile Cross Lane, has been significantly damaged as a result of the fire.

One of the hire cars parked next to the building even MELTED.

A melted hire car in the Enterprise Rent-A-Car car park 

A melted hire car in the Enterprise Rent-A-Car car park - Credit: Ben Hardy

And inside, broken glass lies in the entrance of the office from where the fire service gained entry into the burning building.

One of the desks inside Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Mile Cross Lane with parts of the roof fallen down

One of the desks inside Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Mile Cross Lane with parts of the roof fallen down - Credit: Ben Hardy

There are also holes in the roof from where the flames engulfed the site as well as debris on the floor and sprawled on desks.

Inside the damaged Enterprise Rent-A-Car office in Mile Cross Lane 

Inside the damaged Enterprise Rent-A-Car office in Mile Cross Lane - Credit: Ben Hardy

Enterprise Rent-A-Car staff member Ed Veiga said: "I came back today to see the damage. It was a shock. 

"I have no idea about how long it will take to reopen the building. We have had a lot of people come and estimate it but we have not been told yet." 

The garden in Mile Cross Lane where the fire started on April 16 

The garden in Mile Cross Lane where the fire started on April 16 - Credit: Ben Hardy

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Staff are currently working from Enterprise's other branch in Heigham Street with Mr Veiga assisting customers picking up cars from outside the damaged building.

Mr Veiga added: "We manage throughout adversity. Bad things can happen." 

The damaged wall of Enterprise Rent-A-Car which backs on to the private garden where the fire started 

The damaged wall of Enterprise Rent-A-Car which backs on to the private garden where the fire started - Credit: Ben Hardy

The Mile Cross Lane office would normally accommodate around eight staff.

The fire which hit Enterprise Car & Van Hire in Mile Cross Lane, started around 11pm on April 16.

The fire which hit Enterprise in Mile Cross Lane, started around 11pm on April 16. - Credit: Elizabeth Boylan

Burnt debris is also visible in the private garden of the home in Mile Cross Lane where the fire started.

Part of the roof on the floor of the office 

Part of the roof on the floor of the office - Credit: Ben Hardy

An Enterprise spokesman said: “We are currently assessing the extent of the damage to the branch which is closed while this work is carried out.

"However, we will continue to serve customers from our other branch in the city and are contacting everyone who has a booking with us to confirm that their booking will be fulfilled.

Damage inside the Enterprise Rent-A-Car building in Mile Cross Lane 

Damage inside the Enterprise Rent-A-Car building in Mile Cross Lane - Credit: Ben Hardy

"I can also confirm that due to the time of the fire there were no employees on site.”

Elizabeth Boylan, who lives in Mile Cross Lane, was among those who saw firefighters dealing with the flames.

Elizabeth Boylan, a mother of three, saw more emergency services arrive outside the house in Mile Cross Lane.

Elizabeth Boylan, a mother of three, saw more emergency services arrive outside the house in Mile Cross Lane. - Credit: Elizabeth Boylan

A cherry picker was used as part of the operation.

A fire damaged sign at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Norwich 

A fire damaged sign at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Norwich - Credit: Ben Hardy

Broken glass from where firefighters gained entry into the property 

Broken glass from where firefighters gained entry into the property - Credit: Ben Hardy