Rag fire sees RAF fly to rescue

FIRE in a closely-packed Ipswich estate set alarm bells ringing for stand-in military firefighters.While it was the most serious incident over a relatively quiet weekend, the potential powderkeg situation of a house fire in the Maidenhall estate that turned out to be no more than a smouldering rag.

FIRE in a closely-packed Ipswich estate set alarm bells ringing for stand-in military firefighters.

While it was the most serious incident over a relatively quiet weekend, the potential powderkeg situation of a house fire in the Maidenhall estate that turned out to be no more than a smouldering rag.

Two Green Goddesses lumbered to an empty house in Neath Drive at 5.20pm yesterday. A neighbour raised the alarm after his smoke alarm went off.

The ageing engines were accompanied by a breathing apparatus rescue team who entered the smoke-filled house to find the fire had not yet taken hold.


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A police spokesman at the scene said it was possible the rag had been left by local youths or could have been part of a botched arson attempt.

He confirmed RAF fire crews were well in control of the situation and that no neighbouring properties were at risk.

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Neighbours were milling around looking at the novelty of camouflage uniformed RAF personnel and the pair of Green Goddesses.

The ancient military relics have taken on a personality all their own and seemed something of a tourist attraction.

But funny as they may look, the ageing machines seem perfectly capable of performing their stand-in role.

Police escorts confirmed the convoy reached the scene in a matter of minutes from their base at the TA centre in Yarmouth Road.

The most testing section of the journey was getting residents to move their cars to clear a path along the tight Maidenhall streets.

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