Fire, HP, Surrey County Council, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

UPDATED: Investigation into fatal fire in Banstead

Thursday 25 March

The service would like to reiterate its sincere condolences to the family and friends of this resident who was victim of this tragic incident.

Our Fire Investigation Team have concluded that the cause of the fatal fire in Banstead that occurred in the early hours of Friday 19 March was most likely due to unattended cooking.

During the first of the six 999 calls to our Joint Fire Control, a neighbour describes the fire as being “well developed”.

We want to make sure these incidents don’t happen at all and want to help people to be safe in their own homes, but if they do happen then we want to ensure residents are alerted to the danger and have an escape plan to make their way outside of the building before we arrive.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service offers free Safe and Well Visits, where fire and rescue personnel visit homes with the aim of making them safe from a fire. They’ll fit fire safety equipment, provide fire safety advice about how to live safer as well as refer onto other services/partners if needed too.

For us every contact counts – if you’re worried about someone, whether your profession has led you to their home (carer, engineer, meter reader etc), a neighbour, or loved one – you can refer anyone to us for a free Safe and Well Visit at surreycc.gov.uk/fire. Please help us to help them.

Sunday 21 March

SFRS and Surrey Police are continuing to investigate a serious residential fire which tragically claimed the life of one resident. 

Firefighters were called to a fire on Holly Lane West in Banstead at 2.41am yesterday (Friday 19 March 2021). Six fire engines, including an aerial ladder platform, were involved in the response to this incident.  

Very sadly, a person who was in the property when the fire broke out was pronounced dead yesterday. Both services send thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of the resident.  

Emergency service personnel remain on scene. Holly Lane West remains closed with Holly Lane open as normal.

Thank you to all staff and partners for their response and residents for respecting the cordons in place. 

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