Four taken to hospital after fire at Dolphin Travel workshop in Norwich
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Four men were taken to hospital following a blaze in the workshop of Dolphin Travel coach company on Monday morning.
Firefighters were called to Dolphin Travel, in Swanton Road, off Mile Cross Road, after a fire broke out on a coach in the workshop shortly before 10.30am today.
At its peak, five fire crews were tackling the fire and it took about 45 minutes to extinguish it.
The four men taken to hospital were treated for smoke inhalation and described by an East of England Ambulance Service spokesman as 'walking wounded'.
Mel Cooke, proprietor of Dolphin Travel, said the single-decker coach had been the only vehicle in the workshop at the time, and that the fire service had swiftly arrived on scene.
He said the business was operating as usual despite what had happened.
Crews from Earlham, Sprowston, Carrow, Dereham, Hethersett and the Control Unit from Wymondham all attended the incident.
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Peter Rowe, station manager for Sprowston, said: 'There has been some work being done on a coach inside when a fire has broken out on the coach itself. It's caused extensive damage to the coach, to the garage, but fortunately been contained just to that building.
'Fire crews that responded here found quite an established fire. I think local residents will have seen the smoke from that spreading quite a considerable distance.'
He said crews wore breathing apparatus and used hose reels and compressed air foam to tackle the blaze.
'Everything was extinguished within about 45 minutes. Crews remained at the scene just to ensure it was safely handed back to the owners.'
A fire investigation team was also sent to the scene following the fire but Mr Rowe said it was not thought to be suspicious.
Police also attended the incident and Swanton Road was closed to the public while the emergency services dealt with the fire.
Dolphin Travel is described as family-owned company and was established in 1963.
Its website states it has a large fleet of vehicles including taxis, people carriers, mini and executive coaches,