Five fire trucks tackle a parking blaze at Ashley Center
Five fire trucks battled a blaze at the Ashley Center in Epsom this afternoon (June 3), with black clouds of smoke rising from the center.
In a statement shortly after 1 p.m., Surrey Fire and Rescue Services confirmed the blaze had been extinguished – although some road closures may remain in place this afternoon.
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council published a message shortly after noon saying he had been made aware of the blaze and was advising people to use alternative parking lots.
The fire allegedly took place on the third floor of the Ashley Center in the parking lot, with seven vehicles catching fire.
Residents and passers-by uploaded photos and videos of smoke rising from the building, with the sound of car alarms echoing from the parking lot – where a number of bangs were believed to have been caused by bursting tires.
(Image: Twitter / @ denis_duarte)
The mall was evacuated during the incident, but in an update shortly after 2 p.m., the mall confirmed that stores have reopened as the parking lot continues to be closed.
Some road closures are said to still be in place around the building, with Surrey Police tweeting at 1:30 p.m. that there is no left turn from South Street to Ashley Road, no right turn from Dorking Road to Ashley Road , and no right turns onto Ashley Route in the Ashley Center.
So far no injuries have been reported.