Echo, August 3, 1989
COUPLE ESCAPE FIRE
A Haverhill couple escaped from their blazing home in the early hours of the morning after a fire broke out in their living room.
The downstairs of the house in Chedburgh Place on the Chalkstone estate was completely gutted.
Christine Talbot’s screams woke husband Peter and the couple got out in time.
The couple’s 11-year-old daughter was staying away from the house at the time of the fire.
It was thought the fire was started by a cigarette end.
The results of a survey reinforced the claims for heavy lorries to be diverted from passing through Clare, the Clare Society claimed.
A 24-hour traffic count undertaken by the society found that the number of vehicles passing through Clare had more than doubled in the previous eight years, rising from 200 to 423.
The society sent the results of the survey to the Suffolk County surveyor, among others, hoping that something could be done to divert the heavy vehicles away from Clare’s narrow streets.