FIREFIGHTERS spent more than 40 minutes tackling a blaze in a fryer at the Birds Eye food factory in Lowestoft.

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Crews from south Lowestoft and north Lowestoft fire stations were sent to the factory on Whapload Road after an automatic fire alarm sounded at 5.09am this morning (Monday).

A brigade spokesman said: “Crews found a fire in one of the fryers and requested an additional fire engine - a further appliance was therefore mobilised from north Lowestoft.

“At 5.50am this fire was extinguished and a foam blanket was applied over the fryer.”

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