Investigation underway after suspected arson

IPSWICH: Police are today investigating a suspected arson attack on a house in the town.

Police and fire chiefs are treating the blaze in Woodbridge Road as suspicious and will carry out a probe at the property today.

Fire crews were called to the two-storey home at 10.07pm last night.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire Service said: “The fire had been started in the basement of a two-storey home, measuring 10 metres by 10 metres.

“We believe that it was started suspiciously and will carry out a full investigation into the matter.”

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One fire engine from Colchester Road depot and one from Princes Street initially attended the incident but a further two engines had to be called out.

Crews used six breathing apparatus and three hose reel jets to tackle the blaze.

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The fire was extinguished at 11.45pm. Police cordoned off part of Woodbridge Road and diverted down Warwick Road.

Nearby residents spoke of their surprise at seeing several fire engines and police cars stationed in the road.

One said: “I heard no noise and couldn’t smell anything. There were no raging sirens.

“But when I went to draw my curtains all I could see was flashing blue lights. It was a bit of a shock.”

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