Ipswich: Concerned residents call for increased security as emergency services launch arson probe

IPSWICH: Residents in Grimwade Street have today called for more security in the area after a suspicious fire gutted a garage next to a shop.

The fire broke out yesterday at the height of rush hour and led to traffic delays in the area.

Two appliances from Princes Street fire station and another from Colchester Road attended the incident on the corner of St Helen’s Street and Grimwade Street, next to a newsagents.

The three crews battled the fire for around 30 minutes until it was extinguished at around 6.45pm. Fire investigators are treating the fire as suspicious.

The blaze has prompted residents to speak out about the problems in the area.

Kiel Faux, 21, who lives next to the garage, said: “I think it’s despicable. It’s disturbing in a way. When I look into the future, there’s no way I’d want to bring kids up around here.”

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, called for CCTV in the area after a number of anti-social behaviour cases in recent weeks.

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The resident said: “There was a brown bin that was overturned a few days ago and people do kick our door – it’s just the area we live in.

“There should be CCTV put in here because there’s always something going on.”

Raees Khan, 26, who works in the shop next to the garage, added: “It was huge. If the fire brigade had been here about four or five minutes later it could have been more buildings on fire.”

There were traffic delays caused around a number of roads near the incident including St Helen’s Street, Grimwade Street, Argyle Street and Woodbridge Road.

Station manager Will Tel said: “We were called to a fire at 6.12pm. The fire involved a garage which was used for storage. It (the fire) is believed to be of suspicious origins.”

It is not known who the garage belonged to and a discarded trolley was the only item believed to be inside.

The fire is the second suspicious blaze to hit a garage in the area in three days, following one in Woodbridge Road on Saturday evening.

n Do you live in the area and feel there should be more security? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or you can e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.