Thugs impede crews at nightclub blaze

A FIREFIGHTER today told how crews were left struggling against a bottle-throwing crowd as they tried to get into a nightclub after an arson attack.The fire broke out just before midnight in Liquid, at Cardinal Park, Ipswich, yesterday.

A FIREFIGHTER today told how crews were left struggling against a bottle-throwing crowd as they tried to get into a nightclub after an arson attack.

The fire broke out just before midnight in Liquid, at Cardinal Park, Ipswich, yesterday.

Liquid and nearby Brannigans and Old Orleans were all evacuated – resulting in 400 to 500 people being evacuated.

Fire crews and police had to contain a rowdy crowd, some of whom were chanting and throwing bottles.

Leading firefighter Darren Cooper said: "There was a lot of crowd trouble, bottle-throwing and fighting outside. No firefighters were injured, but there was no way under those conditions that we could have tackled a major fire."

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