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Huge house fire breaks out in Stowmarket

PUBLISHED: 18:06 27 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:18 28 April 2019

Firefighters attempted to put out flames in the loft space of a detached two-storey building Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE

Firefighters attempted to put out flames in the loft space of a detached two-storey building Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE

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.

Fire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Firefighters attempted to put out flames in the loft space of a detached two-storey building in the street.

10 fire engines were initially called to the scene of the blaze in Beech Terrace, off Bury Road in Stowmarket Picture: SUZANNE DAY10 fire engines were initially called to the scene of the blaze in Beech Terrace, off Bury Road in Stowmarket Picture: SUZANNE DAY

The blaze, which was described by the fire service as “well developed”, is now said to be under control.

Fire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One witness said he counted 54 firefighters fighting the flames.

Fire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One of our reporters attended the scene, and said a man who was at home when the fire broke out is safe and well.

Fire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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.

Fire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

UK Power Networks and the Environment Agency were also notified about the fire.

Fire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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.

Fire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFire crews attend the scene of a house fire in Beech Terrace, Stowmarket Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“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.”

Firefighters are at the scene of a blaze in Beech Terrace Picture: SUZANNE DAYFirefighters are at the scene of a blaze in Beech Terrace Picture: SUZANNE DAY

Suffolk police were also made aware of the fire but no officers are thought to have been sent to the scene.

Ladders are being used to fight flames in the roof Picture: SUZANNE DAYLadders are being used to fight flames in the roof Picture: SUZANNE DAY

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.

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