Residents moved after Chertsey flats fire breaks out

The residents of nine flats have been given temporary shelter after a fire broke out at a block in Surrey.

Firefighters were called at 1229 BST to the flats in Painesfield Drive, Chertsey, which are owned by the A2Dominion Housing Association.

Surrey Fire and Rescue said three flats in the three-storey block were destroyed in the fire, while six were damaged by smoke and water.

The fire took several hours to bring under control but no-one was injured.

Fire crews were initially called to a fire in one flat, but within 40 minutes the top floor of the building was well alight.

About 80 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height, but it was under control by 1800 BST.

Runnymede Borough Council said it was working in partnership with A2Dominion Housing to help the tenants, who had been taken to the Eileen Tozer Day Centre as a temporary shelter.

Surrey Fire and Rescue said fire crews were still in attendance at 2130 BST, making sure the scene was safe.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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