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Two led to safety after kitchen fire

PUBLISHED: 19:49 31 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

POLICE are today investigating a suspected arson attack after a fire broke out in the kitchen of an Ipswich house.

Firefighters were called to a blaze in Kingfisher Avenue, just before 11pm yesterday following reports of smoke coming from the windows.

POLICE are today investigating a suspected arson attack after a fire broke out in the kitchen of an Ipswich house.

Firefighters were called to a blaze in Kingfisher Avenue, just before 11pm yesterday following reports of smoke coming from the windows.

Two fire engines from Princes Street attended the blaze and rescued two people from the house. It took firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, 18 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Nobody was taken to hospital but paramedics treated one person, believed to be Andrew Haines, 19, who lives at the property, for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Neighbours spoke of a number of disturbances at the property earlier in the day. One lady said there had been a lot of noise coming from the property and said it sounded like somebody "was smashing the place up".

A police spokeswoman said: "We are investigating the fire and treating it as arson but have not yet arrested or charged anybody in connection with the fire."

Assistant Divisional Officer Geoff Pyke said: "We are treating the fire as suspicious and working in conjunction with the police to confirm the exact cause of the fire.

"We lead two people to safety who were in the building trying to put the fire out.

"We would like to warn people that if their property is on fire then they should get out and stay out and call the fire brigade immediately."


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