Fire rips through derelict house near Chantry Park
PUBLISHED: 07:12 17 April 2020 | UPDATED: 10:21 17 April 2020
Firefighters were forced to call for back up after a fire broke out at a large, empty house last night opposite Chantry Park in Ipswich - and crews remain at the scene today.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service were called to the property in Hadleigh Road at 9.27pm following reports that a house was on fire.
Two crews attended the scene initially but had to call for back up manpower and water when they realised the size of the fire.
A further four crews raced to the blaze which measured 20m x 7m and was described as well alight.
A pair of jets and a hose were used to quell the flames as firefighters sectorised the fire, working on it in small sections to break it down.
Tony Lydon, 24, from Bramford Road, Ipswich, a qualified response first aider was on scene and used his traffic management skills to help with traffic flow.
He said he checked for casualties on arrival but could not gain access into the bungalow due to the severity of the heat.
The fire was finally made safe by 11.38pm last night and a relief crew have remained on site to dampen down and check for hot spots.
An investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire will be conducted today in the daylight.
UK Power Networks were called to shut off power in the area to ensure the firefighters could safely do their jobs.
Police were also called to control traffic in the area during the incident.
No one was injured in the blaze and it is not thought that anyone was inside the property when it happened.
The owner of the building was present at the incident.
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