Firefighters have spent the night and this morning battling a serious fire affecting five thatched cottages. Multiple crews were called to the blaze in Bury Road, Hengrave, at around 1.18am this morning (January 25) to reports of a number of houses on fire.
Police were also called to the scene and closed the A1101 at Mill Road. This morning, a Suffolk Police spokesperson said: “Police and the Fire Service are currently in attendance at the scene of five house fires at Bury Road, Hengrave.
“Officers were called at around 1.18am on Wednesday 25 January 2023, to a report of a number of houses on fire at Bury Road. There is currently a road closure in place in both directions on Bury Road near to Hengrave Hall and on Mill Road.
“Residents have been temporarily evacuated from the affected properties which are connected, as a safety precaution only. There are no reported injuries.”
A Tweet from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service at 8.10am said crews will remain on the scene throughout the day and urged people to avoid the area. The AA’s live traffic map shows heavy traffic on the A1101 due to its partial closure.
A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Fire crews have been dealing with a large multi-property thatch fire throughout the night in Hengrave. Crews will remain on scene throughout the day. The A1101 is closed at Mill Road. Please avoid the area.”
Pictures posted on social media by Suffolk firefighter Sam Linton show flames tearing through the rooves of the thatched properties. His tweet read: “A long night out in Hengrave dealing with a Thatched Roof fire. Multiples crews from @SuffolkFire out in freezing conditions. With @Suff_highways out gritting the road for us as we work.”
Roads remain closed in the area, with members of the public being asked to avoid the area. It’s not yet known how many families have been evacuated from nearby homes.
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