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Video: Suspected arson on derelict cricket centre in Henley Road, Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 09:25 20 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:39 21 September 2015

Firefighters attend the scene of a fire at a derelict building which used to be the indoor cricket centre on Henley Road.

Firefighters attend the scene of a fire at a derelict building which used to be the indoor cricket centre on Henley Road.

Sarah Lucy brown

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a derelict indoor cricket centre in Ipswich.

Firefighters attend the scene of a fire at a derelict building which used to be the indoor cricket centre on Henley Road. Firefighters attend the scene of a fire at a derelict building which used to be the indoor cricket centre on Henley Road.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service sent five crews to the site in Henley Road at around 4.30pm yesterday.

Station commander Simon Hurst said the cause of the fire was suspicious and an investigation would take place.

He added: “When the first crew arrived it was a severe fire internally in the structure and large amounts of smoke was venting through the roof and the windows.

“We started to fight the fire externally to start with to get it under control and once it was under control we used positive pressure ventilation to push the smoke out the make the working conditions inside more manageable for the fire crews.”

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Mr Hurst said he believed the fire started at the rear of the building, which has been unoccupied for a number of years. The site is privately owned and Mr Hurst said firefighters had to force entry into parts of the property because it had been boarded up by the owners, who have been made aware of the blaze.

Two appliances from Princes Street were sent to the location after the control room received details of a derelict building on fire.

Fire crews arrived on scene and quickly requested the attendance of further appliances.

Control then sent a crew from Ipswich East, another from Princes Street, one from Holbrook and the command unit and support pump from Woodbridge.

Suffolk Highways also attended to control traffic. The fire was under control by just after 6.30pm and crews had left the scene by 8.30pm.

5 comments

  • Shame on the owners letting it rot like this when it was earning them a bob or two in rent and serving a useful service as an Indoor Cricket Centre. Hopefully the fire service will send the owners a call out bill...

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    Wicky

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

  • Sad to see. As a teenager I had a lot of fun at this place playing cricket and football. A sorry end for a once thriving facility.

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    RC

    Monday, September 21, 2015

  • Not a big surprise to hear this was a suspected arson attack. It's been derelict and abandoned for years.

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    Steve Blake

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

  • Do people who burn things down ever get punished? If they did would it deter some of this?

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    amsterdam81

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

  • The real crime here is that this facility has been left to rot for years now. How did the fire fighters get past the tank traps?

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    Scuzzer

    Saturday, September 19, 2015

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