Netizen 24 GBR: Woodlands View care home fire: One dead, one critical

By On February 04, 2018

Woodlands View care home fire: One dead, one critical

Woodlands View care home fire: One dead, one critical

Emergency services outside Woodlands View care home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.Image copyright East of England Ambulance Service
Image caption The fire started in a resident's room at the Woodlands View care home

One man has died and another resident is critically injured after a fire at a care home, believed to have been caused by an oxygen cylinder explosion.

Emergency crews were called to the blaze at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, at 16:30 GMT on Saturday.

Hertfo rdshire Fire Service said a resident, in his 80s, in the room where the fire started had died in hospital.

One is in a critical condition and five others are being assessed in hospital.

A Hertfordshire County Council spokeswoman said: "There appears to have been a minor explosion caused by an oxygen cylinder but a full investigation will need to be carried out to confirm this."

Chief fire officer Darryl Keen said: "On arrival the crews were faced with a fire in one of the residential plots with staff already evacuating residents.

"There were 41 people involved in one way or another and many managed to escape by themselves but five were rescued by the fire service and 10 were led to safety.

"The fire was largely contained to the one room but there was a lot of smoke, which caused difficulties in some of the residents leaving the building."

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Image caption Eight fire engines and six ambulances were sent to the care home, which is run by HC-One

The fire was under control by 18:00 and all residents were evacuated from the building in Magpie Crescent.

Hertfordshire Fire Service said the investigation was continuing and its crews would be at the scene "for some time".

Eight fire engines, six ambulances and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.

The ambulance service said: "Ambulance crews have worked swiftly and effectively with colleagues in the police and fire service to evacuate the property and treat patients."

Another 34 people were assessed by paramedics at the scene but did not require treatment.

The care home, operated by HC-One , is a complex of six separate buildings with about 25 residents in each unit.

Only one unit has been affected and fire service said the site was "still in operation".

All residents affected have been moved to alternative accommodation, some to other buildings on the site.

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Image caption Hertfordshire Fire Service said crews would be at the scene "for some time"
Source: Google News

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