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Newtide Homes 'will do what we can' to get tenants back in to homes after fire seriously damages flats in Ipswich's Yeoman Close




A social housing company has pledged to do what it can to get people back into their homes after a blaze badly damaged a block of flats in Ipswich.

There was a huge emergency service reponse after a fire at a block of flats in Yeoman Close, just off Yarmouth Road, on Monday, which has left residents homeless.

And today Sam Greenacre, managing director of Newtide Homes, told Suffolk News: "We will do what we can to get our tenants back safely in their homes as soon as possible."

A fire at Ipswich's Yeoman Close saw a block of flats seriously damaged by fire. Picture: Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
A fire at Ipswich's Yeoman Close saw a block of flats seriously damaged by fire. Picture: Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

The company's pledge comes after aerial pictures taken by firefighters at the scene revealed the extent of the damage caused to the building by the inferno, which saw crews remain at the scene from 2pm until the early hours of Tuesday.

Fire ripped through much of the top floor of the five storey building, with around 20 fire crews at the scene, ambulances on standby, and police officers urging people to avoid the area.

All tenants are safe, said Mr Greenacre, and the company has arranged temporary accommodation for those who needed it.

Emergency services were called at 2pm on Monday after a fire at a block of flats in Ipswich's Yeoman Close
Emergency services were called at 2pm on Monday after a fire at a block of flats in Ipswich's Yeoman Close

The managing director added: "We have visited Yeoman Close to carry out an inspection, however, as we haven’t been able to gain access to all properties yet, it is too early to tell what repairs are needed."

The community has rallied around flat residents, with the Ipswich Family Bank being inundated with donations to help those in need.

There was a huge emergency service response to the fire in Yeoman Close, Ipswich, on Monday
There was a huge emergency service response to the fire in Yeoman Close, Ipswich, on Monday

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