Blaze in Ipswich laundrette shop

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a fire which started in a tumble drier in a laundrette.

FIREFIGHTERS have been called to a fire which started in a tumble drier in a laundrette.

The blaze broke out in St Matthew's Street, Ipswich, at about 7.50pm last night. Two fire crews were called to the scene and the fire was under control 30 minutes later.

Employee Sassad Arif, whose brother owns the launderette, said he was called by a friend who had spotted the crews outside the row of shops.

Mr Arif, who lives nearby, went to have a look and discovered that they were dealing with a blaze inside the launderette, which had been caused by a tumble drier over heating.

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He said: “There were clothes in the tumble drier and the machine had obviously got too hot. It was not on.

“I think the people living nearby smelt something and called the fire brigade. I want to thank the firefighters for helping us.

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“Luckily it was not very serious and it hasn't caused any damage to anything else.”

The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

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