Fire-hit care home reopens after blaze

Left-right: Sue Temple, Activities Co-ordinator at Donwell House, with resident Eleanor Sweeny (93), resident Joyce Longworth (81) and Kirsty Orton, Activities Co-ordinator at Donwell House
Left-right: Sue Temple, Activities Co-ordinator at Donwell House, with resident Eleanor Sweeny (93), resident Joyce Longworth (81) and Kirsty Orton, Activities Co-ordinator at Donwell House
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RESIDENTS and staff at a fire-hit care home are celebrating after it reopened.

People had to be evacuated from Donwell House care home, in Wellgarth Road, Washington, after a fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom and caused smoke damage to nearby rooms and corridors.

But after being redecorated, it’s business as usual again for the home, which cares for 62 residents, including some suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and physical illnesses. It also has a day centre that provides care for 45 people.

Tracey Garland, manager of Donwell House, said: “We are thrilled that the home is now fully back up and running, and its fresh new look will provide a safe and comfortable environment for residents to receive quality care.”