Huge house fire breaks out in Stowmarket
- Credit: SUFFOLK FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE
Six fire engines rushed to the scene of a house fire that broke out on Saturday afternoon in Beech Terrace, just off Bury Road in Stowmarket.
Crews from Saxmundham, Debenham, Needham Market, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell and Ipswich were sent to fight the blaze at around 4.30pm.
Firefighters attempted to put out flames in the loft space of a detached two-storey building in the street.
The blaze, which was described by the fire service as “well developed”, is now said to be under control.
One witness said he counted 54 firefighters fighting the flames.
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One of our reporters attended the scene, and said a man who was at home when the fire broke out is safe and well.
Beech Road was closed and neighbours, who were not evacuated, were asked to bear with firefighters as they tried to bring the blaze under control.
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UK Power Networks and the Environment Agency were also notified about the fire.
Speaking at the scene earlier, station commander Simon Hurst said: “It’s a roof fire at the moment so it doesn’t seem to have started downstairs or in the bedroom, so that’s where our fire investigation team will concentrate on in the morning.
“The roof is quite severely damaged, half the roof is burnt away, internally there is some water damage which is why we’re trying to salvage some of the owner’s property, and moving that into his garage so it’s out of the way and safe from the fire.”
Suffolk police were also made aware of the fire but no officers are thought to have been sent to the scene.
A fire service spokesman said there is currently no threat to public safety.
Both police and fire chiefs said there are no reports of injuries at the moment and the ambulance service has not been called.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.