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Update following fatal fire at flat in Staines-upon-Thames

News   •   Sep 24, 2019 17:14 BST

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fatal fire at a flat in Staines-upon-Thames on Sunday afternoon (22 September).

A man in his 50s, who was in the property in St Catherine’s Court at the time the fire broke out, was sadly declared dead at the scene shortly afterwards.

A woman, also in her 50s and also in the property at the time, was airlifted to hospital where she remains in a critical, but stable, condition. She is being treated for burns, smoke inhalation and knife injuries.

At this stage, officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

A safety inspection of the building is still being carried out by Spelthorne Borough Council and it is hoped that the neighbouring residents who had to be evacuated following the fire will soon be able to return to their homes.

Police were called to the address in St Catherine’s Court, along with the air ambulance and fire and ambulance crews, around 12.45pm.

Spelthorne Borough Commander Inspector Maxine Cilia said: “My thoughts are with the families of those involved in the tragic fire at St Catherine’s Court on Sunday, which has sadly resulted in the death of a local resident and left another in a critical condition in hospital. We have carried out a number of enquiries and would like to reassure the local community that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

“We are continuing to work closely with our colleagues from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service to establish the circumstances surrounding the blaze, as well as the events leading up to it, and this is likely to take some time.

“We are also supporting our colleagues at Spelthorne Borough Council while they continue to carry out a safety assessment of the building. I would like to thank local residents for their patience and cooperation during this difficult time and continue to urge anyone with any information which could assist our enquiries to come forward as a matter of urgency.”

If you can help, please contact us on 101, quoting incident reference PR/45190100548 or report online via our website https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and enter the reference number in the ‘Incident Details’ section.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.