VIDEO: The full extent of Sudbury fire devastation revealed

Fire crews remain at the scene of Sunday’s devastating Market Hill fire in Sudbury this morning, Tuesday September 8.

Work to dampen down hotspots and remove unstable masonry continues and firefighters will remain on site for a number of days supporting the recovery operation alongside colleagues from Babergh District Council, Sudbury Town Council, Suffolk County Council Emergency Planning and other agencies.

What's left of the Oxfam shop in Sudbury after a fire destroyed the building

What's left of the Oxfam shop in Sudbury after a fire destroyed the building

Babergh District Council is asking any private landlords with long-term availability to contact its homeless team on 01473 825757.

Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It was an incredibly challenging incident for all crews involved.

“Fires of this scale are not a common occurrence but nonetheless the response from the service was excellent.

“We train our firefighters to work in the most difficult of situations and the joint response with other blue light services yesterday evening is testament to the dedication and commitment shown by each and every firefighter and their colleagues from Police and Ambulance.

THE AFTERMATH: Fire ripped through shops and properties in Friars Street, Sudbury last night.  ANL-150709-170856009

THE AFTERMATH: Fire ripped through shops and properties in Friars Street, Sudbury last night. ANL-150709-170856009

“The task now is to work with our colleagues in Suffolk Police to investigate the incident and if possible find a cause.”

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “I want to offer my thanks for all those involved in tackling the fire.

“I think I speak for all of Suffolk’s residents when I say the hard work and dedication of our county’s fire and rescue service is second to none.

“This was a major fire and without the bravery and professionalism of the crews involved the situation had the potential to have been so much worse.”

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