A fire set off the alarms at YMCA East Surrey’s Hillbrook House in Redhill yesterday afternoon at 4:10pm.
Staff were quickly on the scene and all 44 residents were safely evacuated. The emergency services arrived swiftly and the fire, which had started in a resident’s flat on the first floor, was put out.
Traffic on the Brighton Road outside the building was temporarily diverted as a precautionary measure.
It took some time to make sure that the building was safe, but residents were back in the building by 7pm. The incident was not serious, and no one was hurt.
Five residents were given alternative sleeping arrangements overnight but are expected to be back in their rooms today and fire experts will be investigating the cause of the incident.
YMCA East Surrey’s Chief Executive, Ian Burks, said:
“We would like to thank the emergency services for responding so promptly and professionally to the incident last night. Our staff and managers went above and beyond their jobs to stay late and make sure that all our Hillbrook residents were looked after throughout the evening. We were overwhelmed with support and offers to house the young people from the local community and our friends at Guildford YMCA, but happily this was not needed.
Our focus now is on getting all our rooms back in operation so we can continue to support young people at risk of homelessness”