One person dies after fire at Woodlands View Care Home in Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 12:38 04 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:31 04 February 2018

Ambulances near the scene. Picture credit: Cave Art Films via Twitter.

Ambulances near the scene. Picture credit: Cave Art Films via Twitter.

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One person has died following a fire at Woodlands View Care Home in Stevenage yesterday afternoon.

Darryl Keen, chief fire officer and director of community protection at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a fire in one area of Woodlands View Care Home in Stevenage at 4.30pm yesterday (Saturday, February 3) afternoon.

“Eight fire engines were sent to the scene.

“There were 41 people in the premises at the time of the fire, many of these self-evacuated but firefighters completed five rescues and assisted another 10 from the property.

“All 41 residents, staff and visitors, were assessed by the ambulance service. The fire was out by 5pm.

“Seven people were taken to hospital and sadly one man in his 80s has died. One person remains in a critical condition in hospital.”

A Hertfordshire County Council spokeswoman said there appears to have been a “minor explosion caused by an oxygen cylinder”, but stressed a full investigation needs to be completed.

Mr Keen told the BBC: “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.”

A spokesperson for HC-One, which owns the home in Magpie Crescent, said it is doing everything it can to support residents’ families, with additional staff from across the organisation arriving quickly to help the effort.

“At this stage we do not know why yesterday afternoon’s incident took place and in due course, there will be a full and proper investigation,” they added.

“Our immediate priority remains providing all support possible to everybody connected to the home and affected by yesterday’s events.”

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