Investigation into chip shop fire

AN investigation is under way today after a blaze broke out at a Suffolk fish and chip shop.

AN investigation is under way today after a blaze broke out at a Suffolk fish and chip shop.

Three fire crews were sent to tackle the fire at Stowupland Fish and Chips in The Green, Stowupland in the early hours of today.

Neighbours of the chip shop woke to the drama at around 2.30am and gathered in the street as firefighters from Stowmarket, Needham Market and Elmswell tackled the flames.

The fire is said to have started in the food preparation area of the shop, causing smoke damage to that area and the shop itself.

A spokesman from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said it took around half an hour to bring the blaze under control.

He added that the cause of the fire is not yet known and therefore it is not known whether it is being treated as suspicious.

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This morning, the shop was cordoned off by police and an officer stood guard.

At the scene, a neighbour who did not want to be named said: “I was woken up by banging and quickly realised the chip shop was on fire and that what I was hearing were explosions.

“It was a bit of a drama and all the neighbours came out to see it.

“We were all worried in case it spread to one of our houses being as we are so close together.”

The chip shop is flanked by two detached houses and there are around half a dozen houses nearby as well as The Retreat pub.

No-one was hurt in the incident and a spokesman from Suffolk Fire Service said investigations would begin today to find the cause of the fire.

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