Fish and chip shop damaged by fire

The Fish and Chip Shop on the Village Rise shopping parade. Picture: James Bass

The Fish and Chip Shop on the Village Rise shopping parade. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A Lowestoft fish and chip shop was damaged during a fire last night.

Firefighters were called to the business in Weston Road, Gunton, shortly after 6.30pm.

Two fire engines from Lowestoft South and one from Lowestoft North attended the incident.

The Fish and Chip Shop is part of the Village Rise shopping parade.

The windows and the interior of the shop have been blackened by smoke.

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However, the blaze did not spread to neighbouring properties and was under control shortly after 7.30pm.

One eyewitness, who has asked not to be named, said: 'I first noticed something was wrong just after 6.30pm.

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'There was smoke coming out of the extractor.

'There weren't many flames, it was mainly thick, grey smoke.

'I think the owner did everything he was supposed to do and turned of the gas and electricity and got everyone out.'

Ferlin Cross, who runs Village Rise Pharmacy, which is adjacent to the Fish and Chip Shop, was alerted to the blaze at about 6.30pm.

He said: 'I just got a call to say there was a fire so I came out to make sure the premises were fine.

'There were three appliances up here fighting it.

'I came up at about 6.30pm and stayed for an hour and it was all out by then.

'I think it was contained inside.'

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was not being treated as suspicious.

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