Ipswich: Arsonist theory behind bin fire that spread to a bungalow in Derwent Close

POLICE believe arsonists could have been behind a wheelie bin fire that spread to an Ipswich bungalow.

A probe has been launched after the home in Derwent Road suffered “significant” and “extensive” damage in the blaze.

Last night builders were carrying out emergency repairs to the property’s roof.

The fire broke out shortly after 5pm yesterday.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “The bin was set on fire and it has spread to a house which has been badly and extensively damaged.”

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Two fire engines were initially sent to the blaze from Princes Street, Ipswich. But on seeing the extent of the flames, another appliance, this time from Ipswich East station, was scrambled.

Crews had put the fire out by 8pm but remained on site to check for any hot spots that had the potential to spark another blaze.

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A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was being treated as suspicious and an investigation would be carried out to establish how it started.

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