Fire crews tackle ‘substantial’ blaze at block of flats in Foxhall Road in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 16:58 15 October 2017 | UPDATED: 21:10 15 October 2017
Firefighters tackled a blaze in Foxhall Road in Ipswich today which had spread from a bin to the roof of a residential block of flats.
The fire service were called to Hope Mews, at the junction of Foxhall Road and Alan Road, at around 4.45pm today, Sunday October 15.
Speaking at the scene, Station commander Richard Wood said: “What started as a less serious fire had spread to the building.
“It started in a bin and spread to a wooden shed and a fence and then spread to the roof.
“No-one had to be rescued by the fire service.
“Everyone who needed to get out of the property had made their own way out.”
No-one is thought to have been injured in the incident.
Gary Wright, 50, who lives in the ground floor flat close to where the fire started, said: “Two windows have smashed in our flat due to the heat of the fire.
“We were having a little nap in a bedroom next door at the time.
“Then we heard this popping sound coming from outside.
“There was a lot of activity, noises and commotion.
“I dashed into the kitchen and saw our landlord outside with a fire extinguisher trying to put out the fire.
“There were flames and thick black smoke everywhere”
He added the fire crews had done a great job in fighting the flames.
The fire was extinguished at around 5.20pm although crews remained on scene, using the aerial appliance to remove tiles from the roof to check for hot spots.
Josh Lea, who lives nearby, brought trays full of cups of tea for the thirsty firefighters once the situation was under control.
A stretch of Foxhall Road, between the Fuschia Lane junction and the junction with Back Hamlet, was closed by police while fire crews worked at the scene but has since reopened.