Massive explosion rocks tranquil harbour as inferno destroys two chip shops

A fire ripped through a sleepy UK harbour this morning (Monday, May 1) following reports of a "massive explosion".

Residents of Blackshore Quay in Southwold, Suffolk, reported being woken when a loud bang shook caravans from around 1am onwards.

Footage from the scene shows a huge plume of smoke rising into the night's sky, surrounded by the glow of emergency vehicle lights.

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One local tweeted: "Massive explosion followed by fire in Southwold Harbour. Explosion shook the caravan."

Another said: "Just before 1am a massive explosion woke us up while staying in our motorhome!"

While a third said: "Fire at Southwold harbour. We were staying at the campsite and heard the fire, then explosions as the gas bottles exploded."

Firefighters from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service were called and rushed to the scene in Ferry Road with eight fire engines.

They confirmed in a tweet around 6am, some five hours after the initial reports, that the situation was finally under control.

However, it sadly emerged two fish and chip shops were badly damaged.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: "A fire overnight has caused extensive damage to fishermens' huts and two fish and chip shops at Blackshore Quay in Southwold.

"The incident is now over but Ferry Road will be closed off today as investigations get underway and the public is asked to avoid the area."

It is not yet clear what caused this morning's explosion or consequent fire to begin with.

Unconfirmed reports suggest it started at one of the fish and chip shops.

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