Nine fire engines called to false alarm at Ipswich tower block

A false alarm at Franciscan Court, Ipswich, saw nine fire crews called out. Picture: GOOGLE

A false alarm at Franciscan Court, Ipswich, saw nine fire crews called out. Picture: GOOGLE - Credit: Archant

A false alarm at one of Ipswich’s tallest buildings saw nine fire engines called as a precaution.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s incident page reported that a fire had broken out in the Franciscan Way/Princes Street area of the town at around 5.40am.

A fire service spokesman confirmed, however, that it was a false alarm at Franciscan Court - the 16 floor residential building opposite the Willis building.

Five crews from Ipswich, two from Woodbridge and one each from Hadleigh and Holbrook were called to attend.

Franciscan Court is reported to be Ipswich’s third tallest building after Cranfield Mill and St Mary le Tower church.

Fire service responses to tower block fires involve more engines being mobilised because of the potential danger to life.

In December, a boiler room fire in the building saw nine engines called.

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A large fire in the tower block in August 2001 saw the building evacuated as 70 firefighters battled to tackle the blaze.

Seven residents were taken to Ipswich Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. It was reported at the time to have been the sixth fire in five years.

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