Factory fire in the Hobbs industrial estate in Newchapel
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Factory explosion injures eight people in Surrey

Eight people have been injured, four seriously, during an explosion and fire at a Surrey factory.

Fire crews were called to the Hobbs industrial estate in Newchapel, near Lingfield, shortly before 11:30 BST.

The patients are being treated for burns, respiratory problems and head injuries.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said there were gas cylinders at the site and progress was "difficult" but the fire had been brought under control.

Officials said the cause of the fire was not yet known and firefighters would remain at the scene overnight.

Sophie Hutchinson reports.

  • 03 Oct 2011