Elderly woman rescued as crews battle overnight flat fire
- Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown
An elderly woman has been rescued and taken to hospital following a flat fire in Ipswich overnight.
Fire crews were called to the blaze at a property off Valley Road after reports of smoke coming from the building just after 3.30am today (Thursday).
A nearby neighbour was woken up after seeing the many lights of the arriving emergency crews.
She said that a neighbour in the block of flats had smelt smoke and called the fire service.
The Valley Road resident said: "I was in my room and I was woken up and I saw a fire engine stop right in front of the building.
"There were about five or six police cars and the fire engines were there about 30 minutes.
"The neighbours had smelt it and they called the emergency services.
- 1 Ipswich man jailed for 25 years after teen left paralysed in shooting
- 2 Armed police arrest two 16-year-olds on suspicion of firearms offences
- 3 Devastated family wrongly told prisoner hanged himself weeks before release
- 4 10,000 listeners tune in to new Suffolk radio station
- 5 'Depraved' Felixstowe man jailed for child sex offences
- 6 'It's very frustrating': Anger as £150 stolen from charity shop in Felixstowe
- 7 Kesgrave family move home to cope with 'crippling' cost of living
- 8 Serious fire breaks out at home in Woodbridge
- 9 How Covid restrictions will change in England this week
- 10 Weather warning in place for Suffolk as temperatures plunge below freezing
"It's not something I have seen often in this street.
"I'm used to seeing a flashing light at night as it's on the way to Ipswich Hospital."
A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: "On arrival crews found a fire in a ground floor flat of the building.
"Crews used two jets to extinguish the fire with the help of breathing apparatus.
"Crews rescued one casualty."
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "An ambulance and senior paramedic in a support vehicle attended the scene of a fire in a property on Valley Road in Ipswich just after 3.45am today.
"One patient was transported to Ipswich Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
A spokesman for Suffolk police confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances.
A 'stop' call was made at 4.09am by the fire service.
Appliances from Ipswich East and Princes street attended the incident.