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A business left 'devastated' by a fire earlier today has vowed to carry on.

A chef working in the Infusions unit, on the Rougham Industrial Estate, Bury St Edmunds, found a laundry room this morning filled with smoke, and the fire service were alerted.

Fire engines were dispatched at around 9.30.

The fire was stopped at 11.19 this morning....PICTURE: Mecha Morton
The fire was stopped at 11.19 this morning....PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Once they arrived, it took them nearly two hours to stop the fire, with around 30 firefighters on the scene.

The fire spread to the Ice cafe and cook school.

A message on Ice Cafe's twitter account from 10.55am read: "We are devastated to report that we have had a very serious fire in our building.

Seven fire engines were dispatched...PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Seven fire engines were dispatched...PICTURE: Mecha Morton

"All our infrastructure is affected and everything temporarily suspended while the Fire Brigade get things under control.

"Everybody is out of the building and everyone is safe but we are all very heartbroken.

"Thank you for the messages of love and support and for your patience while we find a way forward."

An investigation is pending into the cause of the incident.

Sarah Stamp, operations manager for Infusions, said there was 'significant' structural damage and smoke and water damage including to the cooks school and cafe ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Sarah Stamp, operations manager for Infusions, said there was 'significant' structural damage and smoke and water damage including to the cooks school and cafe ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Sarah Stamp, operations manager for Infusions, said: "Infusions is about people not buildings, so whilst this fire is devastating, and I do mean devastating for us, no one was hurt, that's the main thing.

"The message is, it's very much business as usual with the click and collect service."

She said lots of people had already offered their help, including chefs who supply them, customers, and virtually all their staff who offered to come in without being asked.

Sarah added: "We need people to support us more than ever, but I would ask people to be very patient with us."

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