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Huge fire at recycling firm

Eight people have been injured, four seriously, after a fire ripped through what is reported to be an electrical recycling firm on an industrial estate in Surrey.

eReco, which collects and recycles surplus IT and electrical equipment from across the UK and Europe, was reported to be badly damaged by the fire on the Hobbs Industrial Estate near Lingfield.

A joint statement from Surrey Fire & Rescue, Surrey Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “At 11.23am on 3 October, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service received multiple calls to a major fire at Hobbs Industrial Estate, Eastbourne Road, Newchapel.

“All the people known to be in the premises at the time of the fire have now been accounted for. In total eight people, of whom four were seriously injured and four less seriously so, have been removed to hospital by the ambulance service.

“It is still too early to speculate on the cause of the fire and we will, of course, be supporting Surrey Police and the Health and Safety Executive to undertake a full and thorough investigation into the possible cause.”

The company was not answering phonecalls.

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