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Police launch arson investigation following fire at old Brewery Tap pub in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 10:41 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 08 June 2018

The fire was started by a sofa set alight inside the building Picture: AMY GIBBONS

The fire was started by a sofa set alight inside the building Picture: AMY GIBBONS

AMY GIBBONS

Police are investigating a fire at the former Brewery Tap pub in Ipswich as arson.

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze Picture: AMY GIBBONSFirefighters at the scene of the blaze Picture: AMY GIBBONS

Firefighters were called at 7.44pm yesterday, Thursday, June 7, to reports of a fire at the building in Cliff Road.

The blaze started on the ground floor of the building, where it is believed a sofa was deliberately set alight.

Two gas cylinders were positioned nearby, which were swiftly removed by firefighters.

Watch Commander Whitehead, who was in charge of the fire response, said if the cylinders had exploded they could have killed at least two members of the crew.

Two gas cylinders are believed to have been placed near the sofa to maximise damage from the blaze Picture: AMY GIBBONSTwo gas cylinders are believed to have been placed near the sofa to maximise damage from the blaze Picture: AMY GIBBONS

Speaking at the scene of the blaze, he said: “When the crew were in there they found that somebody had set fire to the lounge area, using the settee and placed two butane cylinders quite close to it.

“There was a chance they could have exploded and killed two of our firefighters.

“There could have been serious consequences.”

Breathing apparatus, hosereels and thermal imaging cameras were used by fire officers at the site.

Fire crews tackled the blaze on site Picture: AMY GIBBONSFire crews tackled the blaze on site Picture: AMY GIBBONS

A spokesperson for Suffolk Constabulary has since confirmed the fire is being investigated as an arson.

An ambulance was initially called, but not required on site as no people were found to be in the building.

The pub also suffered a fire back in September 2017. It closed down in March last year.

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