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Road closed due to roof fire in Ipswich town centre

PUBLISHED: 18:48 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 November 2018

The fire broke out in a flat above the CEX shop in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich. Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS

The fire broke out in a flat above the CEX shop in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich. Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS

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Firefighters now believe a blaze above a high street shop in Ipswich was started deliberately.

Police closed the road to make sure the area was safe Picture: MEGAN ALDOUSPolice closed the road to make sure the area was safe Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS

The fire service was called to the scene in Upper Brook Street at around 5.45pm this evening to discover a roof fire at a property above the CEX shop.

Four engines from Suffolk Fire and Rescue were deployed to the scene, but only two attended – one each from Ipswich East and Princes Street.

A spokesman for the service said crews were called to a rubbish fire on the second floor of a flat roof.

Once the fire was extinguished, the crews suspected it had been started deliberately and referred the matter to police.

Four fire crews were deployed to the scene, but only two arrived Picture: MEGAN ALDOUSFour fire crews were deployed to the scene, but only two arrived Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS

A spokesman for Suffolk police confirmed the road was closed as a precaution.

He also stressed that the blaze was small, posing a minimal risk to residents.

The scene has now been cleared.

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