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Fire crews from across county mobilised to flat fire

The incident is ongoing at Yeoman Close – Photo: Matt Johnstone

Fire crews from across Suffolk and Essex are currently in attendance at a flat fire in Ipswich.

More than twenty fire appliances have now been mobilised to the incident on Yeoman Close along with the police and ambulance service.

Fire appliances from Ipswich East, Woodbridge, Princes Street, Holbrook, Felixstowe, Needham Market, Hadleigh and Haverhill, along with two from across the border in Essex, were sent to the scene after responding to a call at 1.58pm.

Further appliances have since been sent to attend the incident to act as relief crews.

Officers from Suffolk Police have put in road closures in the Yeoman Close and Yarmouth Road area with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service asking people to avoid the area.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: “Police were called by the fire service at approximately 2.05pm today following reports of a fire within a block of flats in Yeoman Close, Ipswich.

“Officers are in attendance and assisting with road closures. Closures in place in Yeoman Close and nearby area.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service said: “Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are currently attending a flat fire at a high-rise building on Yeoman Close in Ipswich.

“Crews are working to tackle the fire which is currently present within the fourth floor flat and on the roof of the building.

“The building has been evacuated and all persons are accounted for. Both police and ambulance service are also in attendance.”

The East Anglian Air Ambulance was also sent to the scene but was stood down on arrival.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service added: “We were called at 2.06pm to reports of a fire in Yeoman Close, Ipswich.

“We sent an ambulance, three ambulance officers and an East Anglian Air Ambulance.”