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Firefighter Dies At Staines Fire Station
A firefighter has died after collapsing on duty at Staines fire station.
Colleagues and emergency crews tried in vain to save Clifford Cox, who was declared dead in the kitchen area of the station in Town Lane around 6pm on Saturday.
Mr Cox, who was known as Biff, was based at the station on Green Watch and had served in Surrey for almost 25 years.
The 53-year-old's family have been informed and there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Chief fire officer Russell Pearson said: "We are deeply saddened and upset by this tragic news and our thoughts are with his family, friends and close colleagues at this very difficult time."
Assistant chief fire officer Simon Moore added: "We can confirm a firefighter has died at the station but he was not on a call at the time. The circumstances of his death have not been established."
Sky's Claire Fallon said a Fire Brigades Union official had told her the death is not linked to the recent flooding in Staines, one of the areas worst-hit by heavy rain.
Crews from Staines and Sunbury who are currently involved in battling against the flooding will be given support following Mr Cox's death, Mr Pearson said.
Residents have been evacuated after homes were flooded by water from swollen rivers and defences have been deployed to try and protect around 150 properties in Staines.
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