Update: House fire in Wellington Street in Ipswich treated as arson - Resident forced to escape through back door

Police have cordoned off a house in Ipswich following an incident overnight.

Police have cordoned off a house in Ipswich following an incident overnight. - Credit: Archant

An overnight house blaze which forced a resident to escape through a back door is being treated as arson, according to police.

Three fire engines spent just under 30 minutes dealing with the fire in Wellington Street, Ipswich, after the alarm was raised at 2.30am.

It is believed the blaze was started after an item was placed through the letterbox, police have said.

It is understood no injuries were sustained in the incident.

A team of forensic officers are sifting through the damage as an investigation is launched.

A Suffolk Police statement said: “Officers were called to a property in Wellington Street by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service at about 2.30am.

“Police received reports of an item being placed through the letterbox, which has started a fire by the front door.

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“The victim saw the smoke and left via the rear of the property.

“The fire is being treated as arson and a full investigation is underway.

“A cordon is currently in place at the property to allow officers to conduct enquiries.”

Witnesses or people with information are sought. Call police on 101 to help.