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Fire crews tackle ‘substantial’ blaze at block of flats in Foxhall Road in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 16:58 15 October 2017 | UPDATED: 21:10 15 October 2017

Foxhall Road in Ipswich was shut this afternoon while fire crews tackled a blaze at Hope Mews. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Foxhall Road in Ipswich was shut this afternoon while fire crews tackled a blaze at Hope Mews. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

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Firefighters tackled a blaze in Foxhall Road in Ipswich today which had spread from a bin to the roof of a residential block of flats.

Crews at the scene of a fire at Hope Mews, at the junction of Foxhall Road with Alan Road in Ipswich. Picture: ADAM HOWLETTCrews at the scene of a fire at Hope Mews, at the junction of Foxhall Road with Alan Road in Ipswich. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

The fire service were called to Hope Mews, at the junction of Foxhall Road and Alan Road, at around 4.45pm today, Sunday October 15.

Speaking at the scene, Station commander Richard Wood said: “What started as a less serious fire had spread to the building.

“It started in a bin and spread to a wooden shed and a fence and then spread to the roof.

“No-one had to be rescued by the fire service.

Fire crews at the scene of a blaze at the Hope Mews block of flats on Foxhall Road. Picture: ADAM HOWLETTFire crews at the scene of a blaze at the Hope Mews block of flats on Foxhall Road. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“Everyone who needed to get out of the property had made their own way out.”

No-one is thought to have been injured in the incident.

After putting out the fire, crews used the aerial appliance to check for hotspots on the roof of the building. Picture: ADAM HOWLETTAfter putting out the fire, crews used the aerial appliance to check for hotspots on the roof of the building. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Gary Wright, 50, who lives in the ground floor flat close to where the fire started, said: “Two windows have smashed in our flat due to the heat of the fire.

“We were having a little nap in a bedroom next door at the time.

The fire is believed to have started in a bin at the side of the building and then spread to a wooden shed, a fence and then creeped up the outside wall setting fire to the roof. Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe fire is believed to have started in a bin at the side of the building and then spread to a wooden shed, a fence and then creeped up the outside wall setting fire to the roof. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“Then we heard this popping sound coming from outside.

“There was a lot of activity, noises and commotion.

After the fire had been extinguished, Josh Lea, who lives nearby, brought out cups of tea for all the firefighters. Picture: ADAM HOWLETTAfter the fire had been extinguished, Josh Lea, who lives nearby, brought out cups of tea for all the firefighters. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“I dashed into the kitchen and saw our landlord outside with a fire extinguisher trying to put out the fire.

“There were flames and thick black smoke everywhere”

He added the fire crews had done a great job in fighting the flames.

The fire was extinguished at around 5.20pm although crews remained on scene, using the aerial appliance to remove tiles from the roof to check for hot spots.

Josh Lea, who lives nearby, brought trays full of cups of tea for the thirsty firefighters once the situation was under control.

A stretch of Foxhall Road, between the Fuschia Lane junction and the junction with Back Hamlet, was closed by police while fire crews worked at the scene but has since reopened.

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