Person dies in Ipswich house fire
- Credit: Johnny Griffith
A person has died after a fire broke out at a home in the Gainsborough area of Ipswich.
Fire crews were called to a fire in Hossack Road just after 4.45pm on Tuesday, December 7 and arrived to find an end-of-terrace house ablaze.
When firefighters entered the property they found a person dead inside.
Two pumps from the Princes Street station and one from Ipswich East, along with numerous police cars and ambulance vehicles attended the fire and the road remained closed while emergency services dealt with the blaze.
It is understood neighbouring properties were evacuated as the fire took hold.
Speaking after the blaze was put out, a Suffolk Fire and Rescue spokesman on the scene said: "We were called to a fully developed fire at an end terrace property.
"A full police and fire investigation will be carried out to determine the cause."
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It is believed that the fire began in the ground floor of the home.
Despite the activity, Hossack Road remained eerily quiet and residents did not come out of the homes.
But one eye witness said: “There was a big blaze. All I saw and smelt was a lot smoke. I just feel for the family.”
Once the flames had been put out, the door to the property was covered with a blue tarpaulin but the home showed few other signs of damage.
Fire crews remained at the scene until around 8pm.
After the emergency services had left the scene, workers secured the property.
Responding to the incident, Gainsborough councillor Sheila Handley said that she was "very sorry to hear that such an incident had happened".
"Thank you to all the emergency service that have been involved," she added. "My thoughts go out to the family at what most be a terrifying and very sad time for them.”
Suffolk Constabulary and the county's fire and rescue service have begun an investigation to establish the cause of the fire.
The inquiry will resume on Wednesday, December 8.