‘Major’ Fire Closes Staines Town Centre


    A ‘major’ fire closed Staines town centre after a blaze broke out in several industrial units after midnight on Monday morning.

    Homes were evacuated as about 100 firefighters and 20 fire appliances tackled the blaze at the Renshaw Industrial Estate.

    Specialist officers are expected to remain at the scene for most of the day.

    Surrey Police tweeted the town centre was closed to traffic due to the "major" fire and urged drivers to avoid the area.

    There were also reports from the public of an explosion when the fire first broke out.

    Nathan Beeby, watch commander at Staines fire station, warned of "toxic fumes" in the area.

    He added: "There are cylinders and chemicals in the warehouse, units affected include wood joiners, printing offices and a Japanese food distributor.

    South East Coast Ambulance service had mobilised its hazardous area response team but said there were no casualties reported.

    About 20 people were moved from their homes to a local rest centre. It is not yet known when they can return.

    A spokesman for the fire service said: "It has been necessary to put some precautionary measures in place, with a number of residents being evacuated to a local rest centre."

    He added they were continuing to work with police, the ambulance service, the council, utility companies, the Red Cross and the Environment Agency.

    The fire service told BBC Surrey the blaze started in one unit and spread to two or three.

    The cause of the blaze is not yet known.


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