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80ft houseboat catches fire

Firefighters at the scene of the houseboat fire in Woodbridge. Picture: JAKE FOXFORD

Firefighters at the scene of the houseboat fire in Woodbridge. Picture: JAKE FOXFORD

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An 80ft houseboat has caught fire in a Suffolk town.

Firefighters at the scene of the houseboat fire in Woodbridge. Picture: JAKE FOXFORD Firefighters at the scene of the houseboat fire in Woodbridge. Picture: JAKE FOXFORD

Firefighters were called to the blaze on the vessel, moored along the quayside in Woodbridge, by the Tide Mill Living Museum, at 5.48pm this evening (Friday, December 21).

Crews from Ipswich East, Princes Street and Woodbridge tackled the blaze, which is believed to have started in a wood burner.

They finished fighting the fire at 7.46pm.

Ambulance crews and police officers were also called to assist but it does not appear there were any casualties.

The area is one of Woodbridge’s most historic and iconic attractions, with records showing there to be a tide mill on the site by the River Deben since 1170.

Restoration work in recent years has brought it back into use as a fully working tide mill, whch the museum says is a “fascinating and remarkable living example of our industrial and cultural heritage”.

Do you have any more information about what has happened? Email us at newsroom@archant.co.uk

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