HOSPITAL FIRE UPDATE: Blaze caused by electrical fault

Smoke coming from fire at East Surrey Hospital. Photo by Mark Wigmore.
Smoke coming from fire at East Surrey Hospital. Photo by Mark Wigmore.

An electrical fault caused a fire which destroyed three ambulance and damaged a hospital, the fire service has said.

Around 20 firefighters spent over an hour tackling a blaze at East Surrey Hospital, in Redhill, yesterday (Monday June 6).

Two of the vehicles belonged to South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) with the other belonging to private patient transport service Medicar European.

A spokesman for the fire service said the investigation team had established the blaze was started by an electrical fault in one of the ambulances.

“Crews are still looking at how it spread so quickly,” the spokesman added.

Firefighters extinguished the flames by 3.30pm. No-one was injured.

A patient was removed from one of the ambulances moments before it was engulfed in flames.

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