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GANG hunted after arson

PUBLISHED: 13:50 10 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:04 03 March 2010

ARSONISTS are being hunted today after a caravan and business premises were torched in Felixstowe.

And an Ipswich freezer store is open after staff had to conduct a major clean-up following a fire.

ARSONISTS are being hunted today after a caravan and business premises were torched in Felixstowe.

And an Ipswich freezer store is open after staff had to conduct a major clean-up following a fire.

The two Felixstowe incidents – which are not being linked by police – happened over the weekend and both are puzzling detectives, who are seeking five people in connection with one of the blazes.

Fire crews were called to a caravan on a holiday park late Saturday night after flames were reported coming from a static mobile home.

It took firefighters half an hour to put out the blaze, which had been started in a bed of an old caravan thought to have been used for storing cleaning materials.

Police are trying to trace five people who were seen around the Felixstowe Beach holiday park in Walton Avenue at the time.

Four youths – two boys and two girls – and an older person, not with the group of youngsters, were reported as being out and about near the fire scene.

"This fire could have been an accident but at the moment we are treating it as arson," said a police spokeswoman.

"We need to trace the five people who were seen in the area. They may have nothing at all to do with the fire, but we need to speak to them to see what they know about it and whether they have any information which might prove useful."

The caravan was severely damaged in the fire, which caused some alarm to other holidaymakers staying on the popular site.

No-one was hurt in the blaze and there was no danger of the fire spreading to any other caravans.

The second arson attack happened yesterday afternoon when a portable building at the premises of refrigerated container servicing firm Eldapoint Ltd was set alight.

Police said the blaze had been started in a waste bin that was pushed up against the building in Sub Station Road, just outside Felixstowe Port.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using two powerful hoses spent one hour 40 minutes putting out the fierce fire and damping down.

A spokesman for the company said today that the business was operating as usual.

Police appealed for anyone with information about either fire to contact them on 01473 613500.

In Ipswich, it was supposed to be a day off but dedicated staff at the town's Iceland store turned up at work after smoke from a fire nearby poured in and left the premises needing a thorough clean.

The shop in St Matthews Street, was left heavily smoke logged after the fire in a wheelie bin in Black Horse Lane at just after 1.30am yesterday spread.

Although Iceland does not open on Sunday, manager Tristian Lawson, his wife, and other members of staff were at the store to clean it in time for reopening today.

He said: "Luckily the stock hasn't been ruined. There has been no major damage but the smoke did get in and some major cleaning is needed in the store."

Firefighters were also called to a caravan fire in a field off the B1115 at Onehouse, near Stowmarket, at 12.59am yesterday , and just after midnight to a car fire on the old A14 at Levington.

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