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‘There were five almighty bangs’ - Terrified families evacuated from homes in Halesworth as bonfire spread

PUBLISHED: 06:35 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 01 June 2017

The blaze in Halesworth. Picture: BARBARA KING

The blaze in Halesworth. Picture: BARBARA KING

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A number of houses were evacuated in Halesworth in east Suffolk in the early hours of this morning due to a bonfire blaze.

Mrs King, who was at home on her own at the time, said the blaze had caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, adding that it destroyed her garden shed and hedgerow. Photo: LUKE POWELLMrs King, who was at home on her own at the time, said the blaze had caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, adding that it destroyed her garden shed and hedgerow. Photo: LUKE POWELL

Police said that a bonfire which was believed to have been put out at a property in Old Station Road last night caught fire again overnight and spread to nearby sheds and fences.

Three fire engines were also called at 4.10am and several houses were evacuated for precautionary measures while crews tackled the out-of-control bonfire blaze.

Barbara King said she was woken in the early hours of this morning by several loud explosions coming from behind her property on Churchill Road. Photo: BARBARA KINGBarbara King said she was woken in the early hours of this morning by several loud explosions coming from behind her property on Churchill Road. Photo: BARBARA KING

There were no injuries or anyone trapped, police said.

The fire had been put out and brought under control by 5.15am.

Barbara King said she was woken in the early hours of this morning by several loud explosions coming from behind her property on Churchill Road. Photo: LUKE POWELLBarbara King said she was woken in the early hours of this morning by several loud explosions coming from behind her property on Churchill Road. Photo: LUKE POWELL

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “We were called to reports of sheds on fire. It is believed that a bonfire which someone had thought had been put out caught alight overnight and spread to fences and sheds.

“Police helped with the evacuation of a number of houses.”

Mrs King, who was at home on her own at the time, said the blaze had caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, adding that it destroyed her garden shed and hedgerow. Photo: BARBARA KINGMrs King, who was at home on her own at the time, said the blaze had caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, adding that it destroyed her garden shed and hedgerow. Photo: BARBARA KING

There were no arrests and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

When asked for further details, a Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they will release a statement later this morning.

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