Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds closed to traffic as investigations into Cycle King store blaze begin
- Credit: Andy Abbott
Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds will remain closed to traffic this weekend as firefighters work to establish how a blaze which destroyed a cycle shop and damaged two historic buildings started.
Fire crews from across Suffolk were called to the Cycle King shop in Angel Hill shortly before 5pm yesterday, where a fire broke out in a storeroom behind the shop, which backs on to Abbey Gardens.
Around 15 fire crews spent the evening tackling thew flames, helping to prevent the spread of fire from devastating other buildings.
However, the Cycle King store has been left ruined while two neighbouring historic premises were both smoke damaged.
This morning, fire crews remain on the scene as damping down work continues, while a full investigation into the cause of the blaze is already under way.
Last night, police confirmed two men – aged 22 and 23 – had been arrested on suspicion of arson.
Both had been taken to hospital for smoke inhalation treatment, before being taken to Bury St Edmunds police investigation centre for questioning.
A force spokeswoman confirmed the pair still remained in custody this morning.
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Police have put in place a cordon in Angel Hill while officers and firefighters continue their work at the scene this morning, which is expected to remain in place throughout the weekend.
The road is closed to all traffic, however the road does remain open to pedestrians.
The 600-year-old One Bull pub next door to the cycle shop was saved from ruin thanks to the quick efforts of firefighters, but yesterday tweeted to say it would be closed until further notice.
Police are still appealing for anyone who may have information about how the fire started to contact them on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.