West Sussex fire crews join huge emergency response to Dorking incident

Fire crews from West Sussex joined a huge emergency response to an incident in Dorking, Surrey on Thursday (January 1).
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Surrey Fire & Rescue Service announced on social media shortly after 4pm that a fire had been reported in Dorking High Street around 3pm.

"We are currently attending a fire on Dorking High Street, with nine of our pumps,” the statement on X read.

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"West Sussex Fire [and Rescue Service] are also in attendance.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Photo: Stock image / Sussex WorldWest Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Photo: Stock image / Sussex World
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Photo: Stock image / Sussex World

"The road is closed, so please avoid the area. If you live nearby, keep windows and doors closed.”

The fire, at a residential premise in the high street, was quickly extinguished and ‘everyone was accounted for’.

In a statement to this newspaper, the fire service confirmed that the fire had broken out ‘in the roof of a residential building’, involving solar panels.

"The fire caused approximately 11 to 20 sqm damage,” a spokesperson added.

“The fire was tackled and crews left the scene around 16.50pm.”