Air ambulance called following flat fire in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 12:31 03 March 2020 | UPDATED: 17:18 03 March 2020
Emergency services were called to a block of flats on Tuesday morning after a fire broke out.
Crews were called shortly before 11.50am on Tuesday to Peppercorn Way in Ipswich.
A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue said that the fire had broken out in the bedroom of a first floor flat in the two storey building.
He said that a 45-year-old man had made his own way out of the building, possibly through a rear window.
The East of England Ambulance service and the Essex and Herts air ambulance were also on the scene.
An ambulance spokesman later confirmed the victim had suffered burn injuries and been taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford for treatment.
Samantha Granger-Cowles says that she is a next door neighbour to the occupant of the flat and helped to rescue him from the blaze.
"Someone went past and saw the smoke," she said.
Concerned for the flat owner's welfare several of the neighbours gathered together to get a ladder to help get the occupant out.
"We couldn't get access to the bedroom from the inside," she added.
"We had to break the window open to get him out and then a few minutes later the emergency services arrived."
Three crews from Ipswich East and Princes Street were called to the fire, which was out by 12.10pm.
Ambulances and police cars, some unmarked, surrounded the roads close to the flat while residents observed the emergency services at work.
Fire crews declared the incident was over at 12.46pm and left shortly after.
A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said that officers had attended the scene to help close roads in the nearby area.