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UPDATED: Ten fire engines tackling major building fire in Stonham Aspal

Ten fire engines are currently tackling what appears to be a major building fire involving a thatched roof in Stonham Aspal.

Crews were called to Ubbeston Hall in Stowmarket Road at just before 1pm.

There are is also an aerial appliance, command support unit, water carrier and senior officers helping at the scene.

There was also an aerial appliance, command support unit, water carrier and senior officers helping at the scene, while support is also present in the form of the Salvation Army.

No one has been hurt in the incident.

The A1120 had been closed in both directions at the scene, because of concerns over smoke in the road.

Area commander at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Carl Francis, who was at the scene, told the Diss Express crews were likely to remain at the property for the rest of the day.

“We had a report from the premises that there was a fire affecting the thatch,” he said.

“We’ve responded to that initially with crews from Stowmarket, and Needham Market, and Elmswell.

“At first attendance we made pump six, and that relatively quickly went to make pumps ten. Because of the roof involvement, we send on things like our aerial ladder platform.

“Crews did cut a break in the thatch, the fire unfortunately burning externally and within the building, inside facing the thatch.

“At this stage all we would say is that the cause of the fire is under investigation but there is an open fire that it used.

“The fire was noticed first at the roof, so we will be exploring those issues.

“The fire has affected 80 per cent of the roof and the majority of the first floor of the building.

“Unfortunately fire water, the water from fire fighting operations, is affecting and draining down through the building, as it does.”

“We have salvaged the contents of the property, so from the ground and first we have moved stuff out.

“The local farmer, Mr Tidyman, is making available space for us to put belongings into.

“We are using ponds that are available to use water from.”

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