Residents suffered smoke inhalation during Essex care home fire

The fire was reported in Spital Road, Maldon. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The fire was reported in Spital Road, Maldon. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Archant

Three residents at an Essex care home suffered smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a bedroom causing extensive damage to the building.

Essex Fire and Rescue was called to reports of a fire at sheltered accommodation in Spital Road, Maldon, shortly after 6am this morning.

Crews from Maldon and Chelmsford attended the fire, which started in a resident’s building.

Station manager Dan Partridge said:

“We were alerted to the incident by the Careline service with reports that a smoke alarm in a care home was sounding, and on arrival crews discovered a well developed fire in a resident’s bedroom.”

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“Residents had followed the building’s ‘Stay Put’ policy and we worked with the building’s management to review the visual plans of the building and understand the layout and which rooms were occupied.

“As well as dealing with the fire, which was on the ground floor, crews searched the second and third floor of the building for any further casualties as the building was smoke logged.

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“Three residents suffered smoke inhalation and were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

“The building has suffered extensive smoke damage and has been left in the care of the management company.”

An investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire.

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