Man in his 80s dies in Ipswich house fire
PUBLISHED: 16:36 30 December 2019 | UPDATED: 17:02 30 December 2019
A man in his 80s has died in a house fire in Ipswich.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the fire, in Teal Close, at around 8.20pm last night, Sunday December 29.
According to a police spokesman, a woman in her 70s was helped out of the building by a member of the public before emergency staff arrived at the scene.
A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said three fire crews were sent to fight the fire - one from Ipswich East and two from the Princes Street station.
Despite the best efforts of firefighters and members of the public at the scene, a man in his 80s was found deceased inside the property.
The house is currently cordoned off by police.
A joint investigation between Suffolk police and the fire service found no evidence of any third-party involvement in the fire.
The cause of the fire is not being treated as suspicious.
Claire Benoit, who lives opposite, said: "We could smell the smoke first, it smelled like electrical smoke.
"Then we saw all the fire engines arrive. "It was not until we saw the lights from the fire engines that we realised there was a fire.
"There was lots and lots of smoke coming from the front door.
"The firefighters then opened the top windows and there was an awful lot of smoke pouring out of them.
"They are a really lovely couple, whenever we spoke to them they are really lovely.
"Everyone in this road knows each other, it's like a family.
"It's not a nice thing to happen."
Neighbour Robert Nye said: "I was in bed at the time and then heard this really loud bang on the door.
"There was this banging and it was constable saying I was going to have to vacate the building.
"Then I saw there was smoke pouring out of the windows.
"It's a real shock that this has happened next door.
"People will be really upset around here."
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "Two ambulances, an ambulance officer and two Hazardous Area Response Team Vehicles were called to an address in Ipswich shortly before 8.30pm yesterday.
"Despite the best efforts of our crews and Fire and Rescue colleagues, one man had died at the scene.
"A second person was transported to Ipswich Hospital for further assessment and care."