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POLICE have sealed off an industrial estate near Newchapel after a huge explosion. Residents living nearby have reported several loud bangs and plumes of smoke coming from Hobbs Barracks off the A22. Several fire appliances are on the scene.
Police and fire crews have been called to an industrial park in Surrey after reports of an explosion. Surrey Police received reports of a fire at Hobbs Industrial Estate off Eastbourne Road in Newchapel near Lingfield, Surrey at 11.30am. A spokeswoman said: "Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Surrey Air Ambulance are all in attendance at the scene." More to follow...
The cause of the explosion was not immediately known although it was suspected that it might have been caused by chemicals. One person, who had suffered severe burns, was airlifted by emergency helicopter to King's College Hospital, London, and many others were being taken to the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.
"We have seen the air ambulance land twice. Men are walking around with bandages on their arms and we have been told that six people are unaccounted for," she added.
The blast shook homes and offices in the roads surrounding the business park and scores of people were evacuated amid fears of more devastation.
A fleet of six ambulances, up 20 fire appliances and numerous police cars raced to the scene at Newchapel, near Lingfield, Surrey.
Emergency services said that the explosion had been declared a major incident and a huge fire had broken out.