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Fire drama in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 14:06 19 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:07 03 March 2010

FIREFIGHTERS were today called to a house fire in Ipswich.

The blaze started on the first floor of a house in Cromarty Road at 11.55am.

Two crews from Princes Street and one from Colchester Road attended the fire and it took firefighters wearing breathing apparatus 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.

A WOMAN and her daughter had a lucky escape when their house caught fire today in Ipswich.

The blaze started on the first floor of a house in Cromarty Road at 11.55am but neither the woman or her daughter were in the house at the time.

Two crews from Princes Street and one from Colchester Road attended the fire and it took firefighters wearing breathing apparatus 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. No one was injured in the incident.

Neighbour Ricky Potter said he had acted quickly after another neighbour spotted thick black smoke coming from an upstairs window.

He said: "We didn't know if anybody was in there so I kicked the door down. People had heard banging from the house but when I shouted out there was nobody there."

Debris could be seen in the front garden of the house and firefighters were still at the scene an hour later dampening down.

Investigations were under way to find out how the fire started.

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