Trains halted as fire crews deal with undergrowth blaze in Ipswich

Suffolk fire crews. Library image.

Suffolk fire crews. Library image. - Credit: Archant

Four fire crews tackled a tree and grass fire in Wherstead Road in Ipswich today which is thought to have been started deliberately.

Firefighters were first called to the area at 2.13pm to reports of trees on fire, with around 50 metres of undergrowth alight.

An extra crew was sent to Bourne Vale Sports Club on Halifax Road to deal with a second part of the fire, measuring 20x30 metres involving conifer trees, with another crew also requested to provide extra water to the main blaze which measures 100x10 metres.

Due to the fire’s proximity to the railway line, trains were stopped while the incident was dealt with.

The fire was brought under control at 3.38pm.

It is believed the fire was started deliberately and the police have been informed.