HOSPITAL FIRE UPDATE: Investigation continues at scene of yesterday’s blaze

Ambulances on fire outside East Surrey Hospital. Photo contributed by Richie Ashwin and Endoscopy Booking Team.
Ambulances on fire outside East Surrey Hospital. Photo contributed by Richie Ashwin and Endoscopy Booking Team.

An investigation into a fire which destroyed three ambulances and damaged part of a hospital is continuing today, the fire service has said.

Around 20 firefighters were called to East Surrey Hospital, in Redhill, at around 2.15pm yesterday afternoon (Monday June 6).

Firefighters spent more than an hour fighting the flames, which were extinguished by 3.30pm.

Surrey Fire Service said no-one was in the ambulances at the time and no-one was injured.

This morning, a spokesman for the service said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Eyewitnesses said they heard several explosions during the fire which sounded like a ‘bomb’ was exploding

Michael Wilson, chief executive of the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said the hospital was fully operational and thanked the emergency services for their help.

“The fire outside East Surrey Hospital is out and the fire service are clearing the area. The hospital is fully open and operational.

“Grateful thanks go to our staff and the fire, police and ambulance teams for their quick response.”

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