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Suspicious fire at charity shop

PUBLISHED: 11:10 03 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:29 03 March 2010

INVESTIGATIONS are under way today after a suspicious fire broke out at a charity shop in Ipswich town centre.

Fire broke out at the Salvation Army shop on Upper Orwell Street at around 5.

INVESTIGATIONS are under way today after a suspicious fire broke out at a charity shop in Ipswich town centre.

Fire broke out at the Salvation Army shop on Upper Orwell Street at around 5.20am today in a room used for storage on the first floor.

Suffolk Fire Service attended and assistant divisional officer Karl Rolph said the fire did a great deal of damage.

"We believe the fire was deliberately started and much of the contents in the room were destroyed. There is also heavy smoke damage so that the contents which was not destroyed by fire can no longer be used.

"Luckily the structure was not badly damaged and no body was in the building at the time," he said.

Fire engines from Princes Street and their headquarters in Colchester Road attended the fire along with a control unit from Felixstowe.

The fire was brought under control just after 6am.


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