Fire breaks out at care home in Washington

Donwell House Care Home - Donwell Village, Washington.

Donwell House Care Home - Donwell Village, Washington.

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A PENSIONER was taken to hospital after inhaling smoke when a fire broke out at a Wearside care home.

The blaze destroyed a room and corridor on the first floor of Donwell House in Donwell Village, Washington.

A bedroom opposite the room was damaged by smoke as were. three other rooms and a laundry room.

A total of 17 firefighters from Washington, Birtley and Hebburn stations fought the fire at the home, which has 60 rooms.

The fire broke out at 6.30pm on Saturday and the cause is still under investigation.

One of the home’s residents, an 81-year-old woman, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead for treatment for smoke inhalation.

She was later discharged and was back at the home yesterday.

Steve Massey, regional manager for the Bondcare Shaftesbury Limited, which operates the home, said: “Everything was handled professionally by the emergency services and there were no serious injuries.

“One lady was taken to hospital but she is now back at the home.

“Everybody involved is now back in the home and we are back running as normal.”