UPDATE: Fundraising effort launched for fire victims as morning light shows extent of destruction in Sudbury

These photos, taken by Mike Onslow, show the destruction caused to Oxfam, Celebrity Nails, HSBC and neighbouring buildings by the blaze.
These photos, taken by Mike Onslow, show the destruction caused to Oxfam, Celebrity Nails, HSBC and neighbouring buildings by the blaze.
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Fire crews remain at the scene of last night’s fire in Market Hill in Sudbury this morning following last night’s devastating fire.

Babergh District Council is supporting the families and businesses affected and has asked that money, food and clothes are donated and not toys.

A spokesman for the council said, “These are the things they really need.”

These, photos, taken by Mike Onslow, show the destruction caused to Oxfam, Celebrity Nails, HSBC and neighbouring buildings by the blaze.

These photos, taken by Mike Onslow, show the destruction caused to Oxfam, Celebrity Nails, HSBC and neighbouring buildings by the blaze.

These photos, taken by Mike Onslow, show the destruction caused to Oxfam, Celebrity Nails, HSBC and neighbouring buildings by the blaze.

Police were alerted by the fire service around 6.25pm to reports of a fire and people trapped in a flat at Market Hill. The fire service began rescuing people from the building as police and ambulance personnel attended to assist.

Four people needed medical treatment, one at the scene, while a man in his 50s, a women in her 40s and a woman in her 70s were taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds to be treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Police and fire will start an investigation into the cause of the blaze and anyone who may have information that may assist is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD 336 of Sunday 6 September.

Police are advising residents and motorists that Friars Street will remain closed between Station Road and the market place this morning.

There will also be a facility at the Town Hall in Sudbury from 8am this morning, Monday 7 September where any member of the public or business representatives can get more information and advice.

A fundraising page has already been launched to help those made homeless by the fire and so far, £895 has been raised.