Firebugs torch garage

FIREBUGS are being hunted today after two suspicious blazes in Sudbury.Firefighters were alerted to two cars up in flames after an alert member of the public heard a loud bang as she slept in her nearby house.

FIREBUGS are being hunted today after two suspicious blazes in Sudbury.

Firefighters were alerted to two cars up in flames after an alert member of the public heard a loud bang as she slept in her nearby house.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: "I heard an awfully loud bang and a popping noise. I saw flames through my window and two cars on fire, it looked quite a good fire and I immediately telephoned the fire brigade.

"They got here quite quickly but it took quite an effort to put the flames out."


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The fire broke out at about midnight on a piece of land just of St Francis Road, between Eastern's Night Club and Fleetway Garage and Audio Centre. The two cars that were torched were awaiting Mot repairs.

Paul Tatum, manager of the garage, said: "Part of the workshop roof was damaged, but we're not sure to what extent. We've got someone coming in today to look at it.

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"The cars belonged to customers and we're trying to get in contact with them to tell them what has happened. You can't print what I'd like to do to those responsible for this."

According to passers-by the lane is a known dumping ground for waste appliances such as fridges and freezers.

Four appliances from Sudbury, Melford, Nayland and Clare attended the blaze which is being treated as suspicious.

Earlier fire fighters had to put out a caravan fire at St Bartholomew's Farm, St Bartholomew's Lane in the town. Fire crews tackled the blaze for about 40 minutes which also involved a derelict outbuilding. A thatched barn about 10 metres away from the caravan had to be cooled to stop the fire spreading and three Calor gas cylinders were also removed to safety.

Two crews from Sudbury and one from Melford were called at 10.40pm yesterday.

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