Sudbury ‘lucky’ town centre fire was in the morning

The scene at Cafe Nero in Sudbury this morning. Photo courtesy of Rodney Smith
The scene at Cafe Nero in Sudbury this morning. Photo courtesy of Rodney Smith
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Campaigners say Sudbury was ‘lucky’ today’s town centre fire happened in the morning.

Two people were taken to hospital this morning (February 4) after a fire broke out on the first floor of a town centre building in North Street, Sudbury.

The fire broke out above Café Nero at 9.43am, with fire engines attending from Sudbury and Long Melford.

Campaigners against proposed cuts to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said the town was lucky the fire was in the morning when Long Melford was able to provide support, with the other Sudbury appliance in Wattisham on a training exercise.

The group opposes plans from SFRS and Suffolk County Council to replace the town’s second engine with an unspecified rapid response vehicle.

A spokesman for Sudbury and Cornard Against Fire Cuts said: “Long Melford are unavailable much of this afternoon due to crewing shortages, so it’s lucky it was this morning and the fire wasn’t after one pump was removed.

Clare, Hadleigh and Nayland are also unavailable for most of the day.

“If the shout had have come in at midday Sudbury’s one pump would have been waiting for Halstead as backup.”

He said it was ‘another example’ of the need to keep both fire engines at the station.

Two people were taken to hospital following the fire but there were no serious injuries.

A 19-year-old was taken to hospital suffering from shock after having a panic attack while a 20-year-old was suffering from smoke inhalation.

The fire was put out at 10.21am.

The cafe is open as normal.