Fire crews attend fire of suspicious nature in Stowmarket


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Fire crews attended a fire believed to be of suspicious nature in Stowmarket this afternoon.

At 4.12pm, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service received a call to an outbuilding fire in Stowupland Road.

Fire engines from Stowmarket, Elmswell, Ipswich East pump and an operational support unit also from Ipswich East attended the incident.

On arrival, the crew from Stowmarket found a derelict chicken shed approximatley 10m x 40m on fire.

Two hosereels were used to bring the fire under control, and crews also reported asbestos roofing being involved in fire.

As a result of possible asbestos fibres being on firefighters clothing, a safe undress procedure was carried out to ensure any fibres in the air or on the clothing can be controlled in a safe manner.

The operational support unit was mobilised to assist in the removal of the contaminated fire kit.

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Suffolk police attended the scene, after fire crews believed the fire was of suspicious nature.

All crews were back at base by 7.19pm.