Heath fire breaks out near golf club in Ipswich

Firefighters are currently in attendance to a heath fire in Ipswich 

Firefighters are currently in attendance to a heath fire in Ipswich - Credit: Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters are currently tackling a heath fire in Ipswich, with local residents being urged to keep windows and doors closed.

Six crews are currently at the scene of the fire near Rushmere Golf Club. 

In a tweet, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: "We are currently in attendance at a heath fire on Rushmere Heath in Ipswich.

Smoke can be seen from Ipswich Hospital car park

Smoke can be seen from Ipswich Hospital car park - Credit: Heather Galley

Firefighters are currently on the scene of the fire near Rushmere Golf Club 

Firefighters are currently on the scene of the fire near Rushmere Golf Club - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

"We ask for people to keep clear whilst we deal with the incident and to keep windows and doors closed if in the heath lane area."

Speaking at the scene station commander Aeneas Postlethwaite said: "We were called to a gorse fire about 12.20pm today.

"We currently have a number of resources on scene and secured some water supplies.

"We have currently got the fire surrounded and under control.

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"Crews will be on standby and dampening down hotspots for the next couple of hours to make sure the fire does not spread any further."

Appliances from Ipswich East, Woodbridge and Princes Street were dispatched to the incident at 12.41pm on Wednesday.

Firefighters at the scene in east Ipswich

Firefighters at the scene in east Ipswich - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Firefighter on scene of the fire

Firefighter on scene of the fire - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A 'stop' call was made at 3.05pm by the fire service.