One dead in Walton-on-Thames town centre flat fire

A person has died in a fire in a flat in Walton-on-Thames.

Firefighters went to the flat in a block of apartments above the town's Heart shopping centre in the early hours.

Surrey Police, who were alerted by fire crews at about 01:00 BST, said the occupant of one flat was found dead at the scene in Hepworth Way.

About 20 residents left their homes as a precaution while fire crews dealt with the blaze.

The person who died has not yet been named.

Surrey Police said the cause of the fire was being investigated and the inquiry was in its early stages.

Road closures were put in place at two junctions of Hepworth Way overnight but reopened at about 03:45 BST.

A security guard from the Heart shopping centre said businesses would be open as normal.

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