Pensioners treated in hospital after fires in Sunderland and Washington

Donwell House Care Home - Donwell Village, Washington.
Donwell House Care Home - Donwell Village, Washington.
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A PENSIONER had to be rescued from her first-floor window 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 was damaged by smoke as were three other rooms and a laundry room.

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 back at the home yesterday.

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.

Steve Massey, regional manager for the Bondcare Shaftesbury Limited, which operates the home, said: “One lady was taken to hospital but she is now back at the home.

“We are extremely grateful to the fire crews who attended the home.

“A few residents were moved to two of our other homes in the region, but were returning yesterday.

“Staff responded magnificently, including off-duty employees who came to help out at the homes where some residents were temporarily moved to.”

•Meanwhile, a man suffered burn to a finger and inhaled smoke after a fire at a Sunderland flat.

Crews from Sunderland Central fire station were called out to the single-storey property in Claremont Terrace, Ashbrooke, shortly before 7pm on Saturday.

A fire had started in the kitchen, which was partially damaged. The rest of the property was damaged by smoke.

The flat owner got out of the property before crews arrived.

He was given oxygen by paramedics before being taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.