Surrey

Fire destroys ambulances outside East Surrey Hospital

Ambulances fire Image copyright East Surrey Hospital endoscopy booking team
Image caption The fire broke out in an ambulance parked at the entrance to East Surrey Hospital

Three ambulances have been destroyed in a fire outside a hospital in Surrey.

The blaze started in a parked ambulance outside the east entrance of East Surrey Hospital in Redhill, before spreading to the other two vehicles.

Huge plumes of black smoke could be seen rising into the air at the height of the fire.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said there were no patients involved and everyone was safe.

Image caption The fire completely destroyed three ambulances

The hospital was closed to emergencies following the incident, with patients being diverted through the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Fire crews, who were called out at 14:20 BST, were able to bring the blaze under control.

Michael Wilson, chief executive of the trust, later said: "The hospital is fully open and operational.

"Grateful thanks go to our staff and the fire, police and ambulance teams for their quick response."

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Image caption The fire spread to two ambulances parked alongside
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Image caption Huge plumes of black smoke could be seen rising into the air at the height of the fire

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