Village shocked at arson attack

VILLAGERS have spoken of their shock after a suspected arson attack on a bungalow.

Russell Claydon

VILLAGERS have spoken of their shock after a suspected arson attack on a bungalow.

The terraced property was badly damaged during the incident in Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds, in the early hours of yesterday .

No-one was hurt in the incident in Peddars Close as neighbours said the occupier had been away at the time.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will continue today after forensic teams took samples away for testing.

Three fire crews managed to save the house from devastation by containing it to a bedroom. But the property was left suffering the effects of being heavily smoke-logged.

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Firefighters had responded to an automatic fire alarm sounding at what is believed to be a Havebury Housing-owned property at 1.50am.

A crew from Ixworth required back-up assistance from Bury St Edmunds and Elmswell to bring the blaze under control.

Mark Wilson, 43, of Reeve Close, who overlooks the bungalow, said: “I heard a funny noise and got up and thought someone's washing machine had blown out and I looked out the back window and saw three fire engines.”

His wife Sarah Wilson, 40, said her heart went out to the occupier, believed to be a woman.

“It is terrible, especially at this time of year,” she said. “It is usually quiet around here.”

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It is terrible really. It is usually so peaceful here.”

The property was cordoned off yesterday as a joint investigation between police and fire officers got underway.

It is understood the occupier had been contacted about the situation.

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