Surrey fire: Covid vaccination centre evacuated as blaze rips through building

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Surrey fire: Covid vaccination centre evacuated as blaze rips through building

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said people had self evacuated from Emberbrook Community Centre, in Raphael Drive, Thames Ditton, on Saturday before

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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said people had self evacuated from Emberbrook Community Centre, in Raphael Drive, Thames Ditton, on Saturday before firefighters arrived at 3.33pm. On Twitter, it said it took less than five minutes for the first fire engine to arrive at the scene. Pictures of the fire that were shared online show smoke billowing out of the roof of the building.

Surrey Heartlands CCG said the centre was being used as a vaccination site at the time and that the vaccine supply has been secured.

It said: “We apologise to anyone who was booked in for their vaccination this afternoon, and wasn’t able to receive it.

“The next vaccination clinic is due to run on Wednesday and we are hoping to be able to use an alternative location.

“We will contact people who are booked in to have their vaccinations this week as soon as arrangements are confirmed.”

THe cause of the fire is being investigated. 

The CCG said Glenlyn (Giggs Hill) Surgery, which is housed in the same building, is planning to operate as usual on Monday.

People took to Twitter to share their horror at seeing the blaze. 

Rhodri Richards, who was at the scene, said the power went out and everyone began to smell burning.

He wrote on Twitter: “Power went out, and everyone smelt burning.

“Everyone was safely evacuated, and the fridge full of vaccines was saved.

“Firefighters are still at the scene.”

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