Crown Pools evacuated amid fire scare

Crown Pools in Ipswich Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND

Crown Pools in Ipswich Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND - Credit: Archant

The biggest leisure facility in Ipswich was evacuated after a fire alarm was thought to be triggered by the heat.

Firefighters were called to the scene after the alarm was raised shortly before 4.15pm today.

Staff evacuated the Crown Pools. which contains a gym, sauna, and two swimming pools, after it is thought a heat sensor in the boiler room triggered the alarm.

A spokesperson for Ipswich Borough Council confirmed that the pool had been full at the time of evacuation.

He said: “Crown Pools has been evacuated because a fire alarm has been set off.

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“Staff believe it could have been a victim of the heat – triggered by a heat sensor in the boiler room.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused but people’s safety is our top priority.”

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A spokesperson for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said that one engine, from Ipswich East, attended the scene.

The watch commander confirmed that there was no sign of fire in the vicinity.

The facility has now been reopened.

It comes only days after the Crown Pools was reopened following repairs made to the roof of the building.

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