Staines fire sees one person rushed to hospital and hazmat teams on the scene

One person has been taken to hospital and three others were assessed at the scene after a large fire in Staines town centre. Emergency services were called to the site in Elmsleigh Road on Wednesday, June 26.

The fire reportedly broke out at the former Tothill car park site, which is now a high-rise building site. Emergency services arrived at around 12.35pm and a number of roads, including A308 Thames Street have been shut. People were told to avoid the area, and evacuations took place in nearby buildings, including the community centre.

South East Coast Ambulance Service crews assessed four patients for smoke inhalation and one was taken to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey. The ambulance service's Hazardous Area Response Team remains on site to support fire crews.

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A spokesperson for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said the fire has been under control since 2pm. London Fire Service has also been on the scene to assist tackling the blaze.

A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service said: "South East Coast Ambulance Service was called shortly before 12.40pm today (26 June) to reports of a fire at the former Tothill Car Park in Elmsleigh Road, Staines. Ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Team have attended the scene.

"We have assessed four patients suffering from smoke inhalation. One of the patients has been taken to St Peter’s Hospital for further treatment. Our Hazardous Area Response Team remains at the scene as a precaution in support of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.”

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson 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. Eight pumps have been sent, the first arriving at the scene around 12.35pm.

“Crews remain at the scene tackling the fire. All persons are accounted for and the fire is now under control but they expect to be on site for a while longer yet."

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