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Diesel store goes up in flames

PUBLISHED: 11:26 12 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

ARSONISTS are being hunted today after three thousand litres of diesel were set alight in a container, during a series of blazes at Bramford.

The fire, and another blaze when two cars caught light, both in Paper Mill Lane, came just minutes after a fire that destroyed a farm building in the lane.

ARSONISTS are being hunted today after three thousand litres of diesel were set alight in a container, during a series of blazes at Bramford.

The fire, and another blaze when two cars caught light, both in Paper Mill Lane, came just minutes after a fire that destroyed a farm building in the lane.

The fire service is not yet linking the blazes, but Assistant Divisional Officer Carl Rolfe said: "We are treating all three fires as suspicious, potentially arson."

About 25 firefighters spent two hours tackling the barn blaze at Grove Farm, Paper Mill Lane, following a call at 10.13am yesterday.

By 11am, two cars were on fire in Paper Mill Lane, and then at 4.40pm, a diesel bowser at the landfill site in the lane dangerously caught fire. Three thousand litres of diesel were burned in the blaze, which lasted until 6pm.

ADO Rolfe added: "Crews cooled the vessel, and a bowser of diesel doesn't create the same problem as liquified petroleum gas container would – it's not so volatile."

At its height, there were reports of flames licking up the side of the barn into the sky as the fire caught hold of the old barn, and smoke billowed across the village.

The efforts of firefighters stopped the blaze spreading into various other farm buildings surrounding it, which cover a 75 square metre area.

Assistant Divisional Officer Steve Long said: "The large barn was well alight on our arrival and we've been fighting the fire defensively.

"There are a range of buildings but we managed to stop the fire spreading to the adjacent ones.

"At this stage we don't know what caused the fire. We are still investigating."

A stretch of Paper Mill Lane had to be blocked off to traffic as four appliances, from Princes Street and Colchester Road, Ipswich, a turn table ladder and a water carrier, from Framlingham, were used to bring the fire under control.

Police officers directed traffic along different routes as firefighters worked to tackle the blaze and ensure the safety of the building.

The barn was destroyed in the fire but left in a dangerous situation as a result.

ADO Long said: "The fire has caused severe damage.

"It is an unsafe structure and we are using the ladder to try and bring down some of the gable to stop it collapsing into the road."

A council building instructor was also at the scene to assess the structural stability of the farm barn, which is thought to have housed timber.

Firefighters remained on the scene for most of the afternoon to dampen down the barn and ensure the fire did not spark up again.

Paper Mill Lane also stayed blocked off to through traffic, until this morning

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