Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Staff at Maplins in Carr Street relive the moment they found out next-door shop Peacocks was on fire

13:45 22 January 2014

Six fire crews were called to an incident at Peacocks in Carr Street, Ipswich today

Six fire crews were called to an incident at Peacocks in Carr Street, Ipswich today

Archant

Staff at a town centre shop have spoken about the moment they realised a neighbouring store was on fire.

shares

When firefighters were called to the blaze at Peacocks in Carr Street this morning other shops on the same side of the street had already evacuated thanks to the interlinked alarm systems.

But as part of the street was cordoned off by fire crews staff from nearby shops like Maplins faced the prospect of being prevented from re-entering their premises for over an hour.

On the other side of the street some people were asked to stay in buildings that were inside the cordon for their own safety.

However Ann Richardson and staff from Maplins were left sheltering in the doorways of other stores.

“It’s cold and wet and miserable,” said Ms Richardson, Maplins’ assistant manager.

“All the fire alarms are linked so we had to get out straight away.

“The first time it went off we couldn’t go back in until the centre manager says to go back in. So he said go back in after the first half an hour and then they went off again. Then it was confirmed it was a real fire.

“After the second one they (the fire service) were here in about five minutes, if that.

“The first alarm you think, ‘Oh it’s a test,’ but then you know by the length of time you’re outside that it’s not a test.”

Although at midday Ms Richardson and her colleagues were facing almost another hour outside the store at midday, coffee shops in the area had rallied round and were able to provide warm drinks for those left out in the cold while the incident was dealt with.

shares

5 comments

  • @ Lee Mundy & that was before the fire! @ Cheryl Hook if your not being paid now id suggest finding a new job with a decent employer

    Report this comment

    John Smith

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • '“It’s cold and wet and miserable,” said Ms Richardson, Maplins’ assistant manager.' If I'm not mistaken, she's the one who seems to spend half her time outside the shop puffing on fag after fag, so she should be used to it.

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • What about staff who now have no jobs for wks cause of this , yes u had to stand in the cold for a hour or so

    Report this comment

    Cheryl Hook

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Cheap clothing for sale may have slight water damage and smell of smoke .....

    Report this comment

    Lee mundy

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • @ Lee Mundy & that was before the fire! @ Cheryl Hook if your not being paid now id suggest finding a new job with a decent employer

    Report this comment

    John Smith

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The A1092 through Clare was closed following the accident.

A cyclist who died following a road traffic collision in Clare on Sunday has been named as Sean Hickey from Connaught Road, Haverhill.

Mike and Natalie Gee are upset and worried at having to pay £13,000 for the council to make modifications to their home in Ipswich. Natalie has recently become paraplegic after a spinal injury and is in a wheelchair.

“I just want to be a mummy again” – that is the message from an Ipswich woman who was told she would never walk again by doctors.

Ipswich Town Hall.

District councils in Suffolk and north Essex spent more than £20million on redundancy packages over a five-year period, with some departing staff receiving six-figure payouts, an investigation has found.

County Hall, Chelmsford.

An Essex education chief has warned the government to “think carefully” about plans to force all schools to become academies – as figures revealed County Hall could lose more than £1billion in land assets if the proposals go ahead.

Pupils and students, outside Bealings Primary School, whowere due to strike today.

Schoolchildren across Suffolk are “on strike” in protest at controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

The new Ipswich police headquarters from insurance company offices in Civic Drive in July 1968

In the summer of 1968 the Ipswich Police Station moved from under the Town Hall to a new building at the junction of Civic Drive and Elm Street. 
Last June work started to demolish this landmark building and the site is now being converted to a temporary surface car park.

The Middy in the war years event at Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Wetheringsett.

A large number of visitors attended a Suffolk heritage railway’s annual 1940s event during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24