Video: Suspected arson on derelict cricket centre in Henley Road, Ipswich
09:25 20 September 2015
Sarah Lucy brown
Firefighters tackled a blaze at a derelict indoor cricket centre in Ipswich.
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.”
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.