Third arson attack on pub

A DERELICT pub has been targeted by arsonists for the third time.Fire officers have today spoken out about time-wasters who keep setting fires in Churchills pub, in Adair Road.

A DERELICT pub has been targeted by arsonists for the third time.

Fire officers have today spoken out about time-wasters who keep setting fires in Churchills pub, in Adair Road.

Crews were called to deal with the blaze in an old sofa on the ground floor of the pub, shortly before 2pm yesterday.

Two people were seen fleeing from the seen by residents who called for the emergency services.

The pub, which has been closed for several years, has become a notorious venue for fires and for youths to gather outside.

Yesterday's fire may have taken just 20 minutes to put out and nobody was hurt it but it signals a waste of firefighters' time.

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Paul Seager, fire officer, said: “It is very frustrating. This may have been a small fire that was caught early but next time we might not be so lucky.

“One of the fires we have had to tackle was a large one and even smaller ones need firefighters to enter and check for people.”

This is the third possible arson attack on the pub that police have investigated since January 2005.

Albert Grant, Ipswich Borough councillor for the area, said: “All of the agencies have done a lot of work to try and prevent things like this happening.

“We have just had CCTV cameras installed in the area and know a planning application has been handed into the council for a new development to be put on the land.

“We can sympathise with the residents but there is not much more we can do.”

A blaze which engulfed a contractors' lorry on a school site caused serious heat damage to a car and boat owned by the headteacher.

The alarm was raised at Framlingham College after black smoke was seen pouring from an 18-tonne goods vehicle owned by a sand-blasting firm called Ripblast and Company, working in the crypt of the school's chapel.

No pupils were in the school because the Easter holidays have already started.

A fire crew from Framlingham was quickly on the scene and, with the help of firefighters from Debenham, who arrived soon afterwards, the blaze was quickly put out.

However, the lorry and its equipment was destroyed and the heat of the furnace seriously damaged two cars and a boat on a trailer, parked nearby.

One of the cars and the boat and trailer were owned by the school head, Gwen Randall.

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