Investigation to be continued today into fire at Cumberland Towers, Ipswich

Emergency services at the scene of a fire, which broke out on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers i

Emergency services at the scene of a fire, which broke out on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers in Ipswich. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND - Credit: Archant

Investigations were continuing today into a blaze which broke out in a high rise block of flats in Ipswich, last night.

Two people were injured in the blaze, which started on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers, in Norwich Road, shortly after 6.30pm yesterday, with one suffering burns and bruises and the other person inhaling too much smoke.

Dozens of firefighters were on the scene within minutes, with several people praising the rapid response of emergency crews.

Ten fire engines from Ipswich East, Princes Street, Colchester, Woodbridge, Holbrook and Felixstowe were called to help after a fire alarm sounded at around 6.37pm.

Inspector Richard Gubbins, at Suffolk police, said that investigations were to be carried out into the cause of the blaze today and that police were working with the fire service to establish the circumstances being the fire.

Emergency services at the scene of a fire, which broke out on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers i

Emergency services at the scene of a fire, which broke out on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers in Ipswich. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND - Credit: Archant


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Incident commander Wil Tel of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “It’s a small fire, we’ve got it contained, we’ve had two people with minor injuries who are being looked after by the ambulance trust and nearby hospitals.

“What’s been really fortunate is we’ve had a number of training exercises here recently.

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“We arrived within five minutes of getting the call. I think because we’ve done quite a lot of training at the site here, we were able to deploy our resources quickly.”

He added: “The real challenge with these is obviously because of the height it takes a lot of resources. We evacuated other flats as a precaution but the fire was contained to one flat due to our quick response.

“We do exercises continually on a regular basis but obviously events in London at Grenfell focused the minds.

“What I would say to people is make sure you have a working smoke detector, and make sure that you have a fire safety home plan in place.

“At the moment we don’t know what the cause is, there will be a full investigation that we are hoping to conclude either tonight or tomorrow.”

Evacuated residents returned to their flats by approximately 10pm.

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Westgate ward councillors Colin Kreidewolf and Julian Gibbs also praised the quick response of emergency crews.

Council officers were also at the scene supporting people who live inside the flats.

A mother and daughter who live nearby said: “It’s pretty scary seeing all the emergency services out here especially so many of them. I’ve never seen so many here before.

“We could smell fire on the way back from town, as far away as Primark. It’s frightening when it’s right over the road.”

Aerial images of emergency services tackling a fire in a sixth floor flat at Cumberland Tower, Ipswi

Aerial images of emergency services tackling a fire in a sixth floor flat at Cumberland Tower, Ipswich. Picture: SKY CAM EAST - Credit: Sky Cam East

They added: “Everybody’s got Grenfell in their minds haven’t they. They ripped a whole window out, there was smoke coming out of the windows.”

Stay with us for updates on this developing news story as soon as we receive more information from the emergency services.

Aerial images of emergency services tackling a fire in a sixth floor flat at Cumberland Tower, Ipswi

Aerial images of emergency services tackling a fire in a sixth floor flat at Cumberland Tower, Ipswich. Picture: SKY CAM EAST - Credit: Sky Cam East

Aerial images of emergency services tackling a fire in a sixth floor flat at Cumberland Towers, Ipsw

Aerial images of emergency services tackling a fire in a sixth floor flat at Cumberland Towers, Ipswich. Picture: SKY CAM EAST - Credit: Sky Cam East

Fire crews tackle a blaze on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers in Ipswich. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEN

Fire crews tackle a blaze on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers in Ipswich. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND - Credit: Archant

The aerial ladder platform is deployed by fire crews at the scene of a fire, which broke out on the

The aerial ladder platform is deployed by fire crews at the scene of a fire, which broke out on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers in Ipswich. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND - Credit: Archant

Emergency services at the scene of a fire, which broke out on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers i

Emergency services at the scene of a fire, which broke out on the sixth floor of Cumberland Towers in Ipswich. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND - Credit: Archant

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