8.4.17 Care home fire: two killed and more than 30 rescued in Hertfordshire


Blaze at care home in Cheshunt kills two and leaves three suffering minor burns and smoke inhalation, fire service says

Two people have died and three more have been injured by a fire at a residential care home for the elderly in Hertfordshire.

Fire fighters from Hertfordshire, Essex and London were able to rescue 33 survivors from the flames at the Newgrange residential care home on Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt. They were being cared for at a nearby emergency reception centre.

Pictures from the scene, published on social media, showed fire engines and police cars filling the street as fire fighters on the ground and also in cherry picker cranes fought the blaze.

Fire fighters from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, were the second crew on the scene. On arrival crews found the whole roof well alight.  Initial crews made over 30 rescues in a short period of time.  Three people were taken to hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation, said the East of England ambulance service.  A spokesman said: “Five ambulance crews, two ambulance officers, a hazardous area response team and a volunteer doctor were dispatched.

“They worked closely with fire service and police colleagues to evacuate residents and assess them at a nearby centre. Thirty-three people were assessed at the scene and three patients with minor burns and smoke inhalation were taken to Princess Alexandra hospital for further care.”

A spokesman for Hertfordshire county council said fire crews first reached the scene at 5.51am. “Fire fighters were faced with an extremely fierce fire that was well established in the first floor and the roof of the building, which has since collapsed,” he said.

“Sadly, we can confirm that two people died in the fire and we would like to offer our sympathies to their families.

“Hertfordshire county council is working in close cooperation with Broxbourne council and the health service to assess the needs of the evacuated residents and arrange alternative accommodation.”

The purpose-built Newgrange home, which was rated good in its latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission, has beds for 38 residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no arrests have been made.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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