Elderly woman rescued as crews battle overnight flat fire

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital after being rescued from a flat fire in Ipswich

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital after being rescued from a flat fire in Ipswich - 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. 

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"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. 

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