Two people have been been arrested in connection with a large fire in Bury St Edmunds town centre.
Police were called by the fire service at 5pm tonight to reports that Cycle King, in Angel Hill, was on fire.
At least a dozen fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze and the building where it began has been destroyed. The fire has now been brought under control, but the adjacent properties are reported to have sustained smoke damage.
Angel Hill remains closed to traffic and is expected to reopen either partially or fully by Monday morning, as fire crews remain on scene to dampen down the site. However, it will be open to pedestrians.
Two men aged 22 and 23 have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of arson. Both were taken to hospital to receive treatment for smoke inhalation, where one of them remains. The other has now been brought to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning. No one else is believed to have been harmed as a result of the fire.
A total of 15 fire crews were at the scene – including the fire service turntable ladder.
The fire broke out in a storeroom behind the Cycle King shop – which backs on to the Abbey Gardens – and firefighters battled to prevent the flames from spreading.
No one was seriously hurt in the fire although two people were treated for smoke inhalation.
Owners of the One Bull said nobody had been hurt but tweeted: “We can confirm that we will be closed until further notice.”
Firefighters working inside Cycle King appeared to have contained the blaze and prevented the flames spreading.
Crews attending included two from Bury St Edmunds and two from Ipswich East, plus one each from Elmswell, Long Melford, Wickhambrook, Ixworth, Newmarket, Mildenhall, Thetford, Attleborough, Stowmarket, Clare, Haverhill, and Brandon.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference CAD 332 of 29 September.