Surrey flat fire victims given temporary accommodation

The residents of nine flats are to be given temporary shelter after a fire at a block in Surrey.

Monday's blaze at the flats in Painesfield Drive, Chertsey, took several hours to bring under control.

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.

Families are being allowed escorted access to their flats to collect essential items.

The flats are owned by the A2Dominion Housing Association which is working with Runnymede Borough Council to try to find accommodation for the block's residents.

Anna Burridge, from A2Dominion, said: "As the owners of the property, we are working with a wide range of agencies to do all that we can for our tenants at this very difficult time."

Peter Sims, director of technical services at Runnymede Borough Council, said: "It is difficult to say at the moment how long the tenants will remain in temporary accommodation as there has been a significant amount of damage to the roof and building."

The cause of the fire is under investigation and structural engineers will assess the building.

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