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Suffolk: Man dies in Lowestoft house fire

A man has died in a house fire in Lowestoft. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has died in a house fire in Lowestoft.

Police found the body of the man at a property on Oulton Road North this morning.

Officers say they don't know yet what caused the blaze and an investigation's underway.

The road surrounding the house is still closed.

113 jobs to go at Lowestoft engineering firm

AKD Engineering Limited in Lowestoft is to close at the end of June 2015, which means 113 employees will be without work.

The decision follows 'several years of substantial losses, compounded by the current downturn in the oil and gas sector.'

“Despite a restructuring programme last year to keep the business going, market conditions mean that this is no longer realistic.

"Our thoughts are with our dedicated employees and their families and we will do whatever we can to assist them through this very difficult period”.

– AKD’s Managing Director Andrew Quayle

AKD Engineering has been in operation for 60 years, originally manufacturing Diesel engines for the local ship building industry, before becoming an engineering services provider to the Oil and Gas industry.

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The Unite union called the news 'a massive body blow' to the workforce and their families, and for the local economy on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

“We will be seeking an urgent meeting with senior management to see what options may be available to save or relocate these jobs. “This closure is an indication that nationally economic recovery is still very much centred on London and parts of the south east. We can ill afford to lose such skilled engineering jobs in this predominately rural area.

“We will be working closely with our members and all interested parties in the coming days and weeks to explore all employment opportunities for these workers.”

– Unite regional officer Miles Hubbard
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