‘Flames were coming through the trees’ – Neighbours recount Christmas Day fire

A fire broke out in a small building off Gislingham Road, Finningham on Christmas Day. Picture: ARCH

A fire broke out in a small building off Gislingham Road, Finningham on Christmas Day. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Witnesses have spoken of the moments a building caught fire on Christmas day, scorching nearby trees and prompting a large fire service response.

A fire broke out in a small building off Gislingham Road, Finningham on Christmas Day. Picture: ARCH

A fire broke out in a small building off Gislingham Road, Finningham on Christmas Day. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Neighbours initially became aware of the fire, which started in a small building near a livestock breeder in Finningham, shortly before 8pm yesterday evening.

Two crews from Diss, one from Eye and one from Stowmarket battled the blaze which is understood to have started at a domestic property in Gislingham Road.

Eye-wtinesses have now described the fire which was on land set back from the road, near to a wooded area.

One resident, who lives nearby, said: "I was watching out of my bedroom window last night.

A fire broke out in a small building off Gislingham Road, Finningham on Christmas Day. Picture: ARCH

A fire broke out in a small building off Gislingham Road, Finningham on Christmas Day. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant


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"You could see the flames through the trees. It was hard to miss it."

Brenda, who lives on Gislingham Road said: "We had another fire at a converted barn about a month ago and now this. Its mad.

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"You don't expect it in the village and now to have two. It's awful."

The building fire is the second of its type in Finningham in the past six months.

A fire broke out in a small building off Gislingham Road, Finningham on Christmas Day. Picture: ARCH

A fire broke out in a small building off Gislingham Road, Finningham on Christmas Day. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

In August, 15 fire crews battles to tackle a blaze in a converted barn which destroyed much of the house.

The blaze was thought to have gone through the roof and spread throughout the house, which was fully alight when firefighters arrived.

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