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Bury St Edmunds: Town centre hotel evacuated after fire alert

PUBLISHED: 12:55 25 November 2012 | UPDATED: 20:10 25 November 2012

The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds

The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds

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GUESTS staying at the Angel Hotel, in Bury St Edmunds, had to be evacuated from the building early this morning after a fire alert.

The automatic alarms on the premises, on Angel Hill, went off at 7.10am and two fire crews from the town were sent to the hotel.

There was a strong smell of smoke reported with the fire thought to be coming from the first floor laundry room, said a spokesman for the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.

The storage area and roof of the building was inspected but nothing was found and guests, who had taken refuge in the Athenaeum, were then allowed to return to their rooms, at 8.45am.

One couple staying at the hotel said staff had been “wonderful” and there was no fuss or panic.

“They couldn’t have done more for us and it was just one of those things,” said another guest.

A spokeswoman for the hotel confirmed that guests had to be evacuated and praised the fire service for their prompt reaction.

“The guests were very understanding while people at the Athenaeum were very accommodating. I’m confident we handled the situation in the right way and the staff were brilliant.”

Snow could fall in parts of Suffolk this morning as temperatures dropped overnight.

Trains between London and Norwich are being cancelled this morning as a result of engineering work not having been completed on time.

Police are searching for a 52-year-old man from Leavenheath who has been reported missing.

Police and firefighters were called to a suspected arson attack in Carlton Colville in the early hours of this morning.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

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