Three hurt in Lingfield explosion remain in hospital

Scene of fire
Image caption Eight people were injured in the blast and fire at Hobbs industrial estate

Three people remain in hospital following an explosion and major fire at Surrey industrial estate.

Eight people were injured in the blaze at Hobbs industrial estate in Newchapel, near Lingfield, on Monday.

Firefighters worked through the night and during the morning to put out the remaining fires. Part of the industrial estate has now reopened for business.

The fire is believed to have started in a unit which recycles IT and electrical items and printer ink cartridges.

Surrey Police said two patients remained seriously ill at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

A third patient is being treated at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in west London.

Five other people injured in the blaze, which started at about 11.15 BST, have been discharged from hospital.

Charles Fairfull from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: "The crews have been working all night and into the morning dealing with the small pockets of fires that are left, that are difficult to put out because of the roof debris."

He said there would be an investigation into the cause of the fire involving Surrey Police, the Health and Safety Executive and the fire service.

The Environment Agency has also been at the scene to minimise the impact on wildlife.

Water quality concerns

Sam Waller, a spokeswoman for the agency said: "We've been monitoring the water quality of the stream and the lake further down, trying to increase the oxygen levels using dosing equipment.

"There have been a few fish deaths but we have officers working round the clock to try and increase those oxygen levels and mitigate what's happened."

Two air ambulances were among the emergency vehicles sent to the scene, while 12 fire engines and three water carriers tackled the blaze.

Those injured were treated for burns, respiratory problems and head injuries.

About 75 people were moved from surrounding businesses following the fire and explosion, which local residents said was so loud it shook their homes.

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