UK South east

Care home fire

Care Home fire response

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Residents were evacuated to a temporary rest centre in Harwich and were looked after by LRF partners, voluntary sectors (including BRC ERVs), and care home staff.

A number of residents were taken to hospital to ensure a place of safety and a continuation of care. Nobody was harmed during the incident; however, parts of the care home have suffered from smoke damage. After a fire investigation, it has been concluded that the fire was accidental.

The multi-agency response, saw collaboration across local organisations including 15 pumping appliances and specialist assets from across Essex being deployed from Essex County Fire and Rescue; a number of ambulances being deployed to the scene along with the HART team and clinicians from East of England Ambulance; and support from Essex Police and Local Authority Officers.

A fire broke out at a care home for the elderly in Harwich, Essex on 10/04/2024. The fire is in a disused part of the building, and 28 care home residents have been evacuated, whilst firefighters work on making the scene safe. BRC support has been requested, and CRCC have paged out to volunteers in the South East area; 2 volunteers are due to arrive at 1300.

Volunteers deployed to provide psychosocial and emotional support to care home residents