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Blaze to be investigated

PUBLISHED: 11:05 07 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:30 03 March 2010

A FIRE investigation team were today due visit the scene of a blaze at a family business in Thetford, which was engulfed by flames.

Station officer Graham Joy based in Norwich said that he could not rule out arson as the possible cause of the blaze at Cosy Carpets in St Nicholas Street, Thetford

Fifty firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk battled for an hour to extinguish the blaze, which started in the ground floor of the two-storey warehouse at about 8.

A FIRE investigation team were today due visit the scene of a blaze at a family business in Thetford, which was engulfed by flames.

Station officer Graham Joy based in Norwich said that he could not rule out arson as the possible cause of the blaze at Cosy Carpets in St Nicholas Street, Thetford

Fifty firefighters from Suffolk and Norfolk battled for an hour to extinguish the blaze, which started in the ground floor of the two-storey warehouse at about 8.50pm yesterday.

Smoke and flames billowed from the roof of the building and the owners Ricky and Paul Baker, who have been in business for 10 years, could only look on as the premises was partly destroyed and all of the carpets were badly damaged by fire and water.

"We built this up from nothing and now it's gone. I don't know what we are going to do but we've got good friends who have helped us out. The fire service has been fantastic too," said Ricky.

Crews from the six appliances, which attended the scene, helped salvage what items they could from the store after the fire and they were helped by groups of local people.

Station officer Mick Kirby, of Thetford Fire Station, one of the first on the scene said it was difficult to establish the extent of the fire when they arrived as they could see the flames through a fire escape but had to break down doors to get to it.

One of his colleagues added that the fire had been stopped very quickly considering there were carpets and soft furnishings stored at the site.

Police blocked nearby London Road for more than two hours amid fears for the safety of any passers-by, but did not evacuate any of the neighbouring buildings.

An East Anglian Ambulance was on standby at the scene and a man was treated for smoke inhalation, but no one was seriously injured in the incident.


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