A hero doctor rescued a container of COVID-19 jabs from a Surrey vaccination centre after a fire broke out.
Emberbrook Community Health Centre in Thames Ditton had to be evacuated on Saturday afternoon after smoke was spotted billowing from the roof of the building.
Six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were called to the centre to deal with the blaze.
A volunteer described the moment a doctor went back into the building to grab a container full of vaccines and drag them out.
Anne Smith, 68, was volunteering in the car park when she saw smoke rising from the building.
Smith, from Thames Ditton, told Surrey Live: "I could see the smoke but it was on the other side of the roof, I initially thought someone had a fire going at home. But it didn't subside and it was very apparent very quickly [it was not a planned fire] because it stank, I think it was the insulation on fire."
Smith said: "One of the doctors who was concerned actually went back in for the vaccine, which I thought was amazing, in a great big refrigerated container he managed to drag it out. It was his priority to get that out."
On Twitter, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said it took less than five minutes for the first fire engine to arrive at the scene.
Pictures of the incident show smoke billowing out of the roof of the building.
Surrey Heartlands CCG said the centre was being used as a vaccination site and that the vaccine supply has been secured.
It said: “We apologise to anyone who was booked in for their vaccination this afternoon and wasn’t able to receive it.
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“The next vaccination clinic is due to run on Wednesday and we are hoping to be able to use an alternative location.
“We will contact people who are booked in to have their vaccinations this week as soon as arrangements are confirmed.”
It said Glenlyn (Giggs Hill) Surgery, which is housed in the same building, is planning to operate as usual on Monday.
Those with vaccination appointments who were turned away on Saturday will be contacted to reschedule the bookings.
The next vaccination clinic was due to run on Wednesday (February 17) but Surrey Heartlands CCG said it hopes to use an alternative location on that day.
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