12 fire engines called to Ipswich office block

Fire crews have been sent to an office block in Ipswich

Fire crews have been sent to an office block in Ipswich - Credit: Tamika Green

A dozen fire engines were called to an office block in Ipswich this morning, after a fire alarm went off.

Firefighters were called to Franciscan House, a five-floor building in Princes Street, just before 10am this morning after an automatic alarm went off. 

The smell of burning was also reported in the building.

One office worker said there was smoke near the lift shaft, which they said was getting hot. 

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue said a lift motor had burnt out. 

A dozen fire engines were called to the incident

A dozen fire engines were called to the incident - Credit: Tamika Green

A 'stop' was called on the incident at 10.26am this morning. 

An eyewitness said a number of fire engines left quickly, but a few remaining on the scene.

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Office workers could be seen entering the building again shortly after the firefighters finished their investigations. 

Police were also called to the scene, with two unmarked police cars being spotted at the incident. 

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