Fire crews break door down and rescue chihuahua puppies from Wherstead Road flat fire in Ipswich

Fire appliances and a police officer at the fire in Wherstead Road

Fire appliances and a police officer at the fire in Wherstead Road - Credit: Archant

Chihuahua puppies were rescued from a flat fire in Ipswich after a saucepan was left cooking on an oven.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was called to the Cavendish Heights flat block in Wherstead Road at about 2.10pm.

A total of eight appliances plus an aerial ladder were tasked because the fire was on the third-floor and crews were not sure if people were inside.

Phil Geeson, watch commander at Princes Street, said: “We used forced entry to get inside the flat as no one was answering the door. They (the puppies) are fine and are with their owner at the moment.”

He said the small fire, caused by food being left on the stove, produced smoke and an “acrid smell”.

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Several of the fire appliances were stood down when the nature of the incident was realised.

Police were called to control traffic on the busy road near the IP-City Centre.

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