Village evacuated amid explosion fears

RESIDENTS of a Suffolk village were today evacuated from their homes over fears of an explosion during a house fire.A total of 40 people were evacuated from 30 properties in the village of Mendham - near Harleston - on the Suffolk/Norfolk border after firefighters discovered a number of gas canisters in the garage of house where fire had broken out.

RESIDENTS of a Suffolk village were today evacuated from their homes over fears of an explosion during a house fire.

A total of 40 people were evacuated from 30 properties in the village of Mendham - near Harleston - on the Suffolk/Norfolk border after firefighters discovered a number of gas canisters in the garage of house where fire had broken out.

They set up a 200-metre exclusion zone which included most of the homes in the tiny village.

The residents were taken to a nearby residential home, but it could be 24 hours before they are able to return to their own homes.


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Firefighters were called to the incident at about 2.10pm and are expected to remain on site throughout the night cooling down the gas canisters.

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