Families left homeless by flats blaze

AN Ipswich family told how they fled for their lives as fire tore through a block of flats.Today, fire investigators were due to pick through the wreckage that was once a home.

AN Ipswich family told how they fled for their lives as fire tore through a block of flats.

Today, fire investigators were due to pick through the wreckage that was once a home.

The fierce blaze left another 11 families homeless.

Homes were evacuated after a fire ripped through the block of flats in Downside Close, Ipswich.

Two homes were completely destroyed in the blaze which started soon after 7 pm last night.

The blaze began in a third-floor flat and spread quickly to its neighbouring apartment through the roof space as more than 30 firefighters fought back the flames.

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During the fire, neighbours reported hearing two loud explosions, flames shooting into the sky and thick black smoke filling the cul-de-sac.

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