Staines fire leaves person in hospital after horror blaze with 'huge explosion'

The horror blaze left thick, black smoke sprawling across the Surrey skyline
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A person has been rushed to hospital following a horror blaze in Staines. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service raced to Elmsleigh Road, in Staines-upon-Thames at around 12.30pm today (Wednesday, June 26) to reports of a major fire.

It was initially reported that the fire had broken out at the former Tothill car park in Elmsleigh Road. But Spelthorne Borough Council has confirmed the fire did not break out there, Surrey Live reports.

The cause of the fire is yet unknown. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service advised people to avoid the area and said there are several road closures in place including Thames Street, Riverside Gardens, Clarence Street and Staines bridge.

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Crews were drafted in from London to help put the fire out
Crews were drafted in from London to help put the fire out -Credit:Sam Riches

Initial reports came in of a ‘huge explosion’, with plumes of smoke that could be seen as far as Kingston. Crews from the London Fire Brigade were drafted in to help due to the size of the incident.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: "We received a call this afternoon around 12.30pm to a report of a fire at the former Tothill Car Park, Elmsleigh Road, Staines-upon-Thames. Crews remain at the scene tackling the fire. Please can you avoid the area if possible and we ask residents to keep their windows shut."

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