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.