Firefighter dies while on duty in flood-hit Staines

A firefighter died while on duty in a flood-hit town. Clifford Cox died at Staines fire station last night, his next of kin and family have been informed. Mr Cox had served as a firefighter in Surrey for nearly 25 years.

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Circumstances of firefighter's death 'not yet known'

Surrey Fire and Rescue have not confirmed the cause of death of firefighter Clifford Cox, despite reports he suffered a heart attack while on duty in Staines.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Moore said:

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. We are saddened and upset by this tragic news and our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this very difficult time.

BBC News reports that FF Cox is believed to have died following a heart attack.

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