Village hall badly damaged by fire

FIREFIGHTERS battled to stop a blaze destroying a village hall in Suffolk today.

But crews from across the west of the county were unable to prevent the fire destroying half of the building’s roof.

The blaze started in an electrical box inside Drinkstone Village Hall shortly after 9am.

Crews from Elmswell, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds were called to the scene as the flames spread to the building’s timber structure.

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said half the roof was well alight when firefighters arrived.

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They used a turntable ladder to tackle the flames and remained on scene to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

Fire crews from Lowestoft were then called at 11am to a blaze in a ground floor in Manor Court.

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The small fire was put out using buckets of water by firefighters from two Lowestoft stations.

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