6th September 2015 Rescue Effort as Major Fire Hits Sudbury
People have been rescued from homes in the centre of a market town after a major fire broke out, police said.
Police said a "full-scale evacuation" had taken place in the immediate area as flames spread, with up to 20 people moved from their homes.
Three people were taken to hospital for further treatment.
The patients, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 40s and a woman in her 70s, had minor burns and were suffering smoke inhalation, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said.
They were taken to West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, while another patient was treated at the scene.
The fire is thought to have affected several shops and adjoining flats in the centre of Sudbury. Suffolk fire service sent 15 appliances to the blaze.
Sarah Pheby, an administrator who lives across the road from where the fire broke out, said: "I could feel the heat of the flames on my face when I looked at it through the window, and that was through my double glazing.
"The first floor of the building has collapsed, it is just a shell now. The roof has gone."
The fire broke out in a nail salon at about 6pm. Locals said they heard an explosion and it quickly spread to adjoining shops and the flats upstairs.
Cllr Cresswell, 27, said: "You could see them come out with firemen and women.
"The fire is huge and proper black. I kept thinking it had died down but it flared up again. The fire is literally right in the middle of the town centre."
The exact cause of the fire is not yet known.
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