Recap: Eight people rescued and six taken to hospital after blaze at Sunderland care home

Eight people have been rescued by firefighters and six taken to hospital for treatment after a fire broke out in the roof of a Sunderland care home.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 4:12 pm

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service sent six appliances and two command units to battle the blaze, which broke out at the Croft Care Home in Ettrick Grove in the Barnes area of the city on Friday, June 26.

It has since issued an update to say eight people were helped from the home, with the North East Ambulance Service taking six people to hospital for treatment.

Thirty people were inside the building at the time the fire was first reported.

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The blaze has been brought under control, but the crews expect to be on site for some time until it is clear the fire is fully out.

Scroll down to read our updates from the incident as they happened.

Emergency services on the scene of the fire in Ettrick Grove.

Live updates from scene of Sunderland care home fire

Last updated: Friday, 26 June, 2020, 13:44

  • The Croft Care Home is in Ettrick Grove in the Barnes area of the city
  • The fire broke out earlier today, with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service called to the scene
  • Medics have taken six people to hospital and given others first aid
  • People have been urged to stay away from the area as the emergency services deal with the incident
  • Residents living nearby have been asked to close their windows and doors

11.50am: What we can tell you so far about the blaze

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has sent six appliances and two command units to battle the blaze, which broke out at the Croft Care Home in Ettrick Grove in the Barnes area of the city.

The report was made at 10.32am, with the blaze breaking out in the first floor of the building.

The service’s aerial ladder platform has also been drafted in, with a total of 43 firefighters and four officers on the scene.

People living nearby have been asked to stay away from the area, with the blaze being classed as a “large incident.” 

11.55am: Home helps care for people with dementia among its residents

The home, which is near to Barnes Park, is an independent home which helps look after residents including a number who have dementia.

It has 33 bedrooms and also runs a separate three-bedroom bungalow for those in need of a higher level of care and support.

Noon: First photos from the scene

One of the photos from the scene as the emergency crews work.

12.05pm: Update from fire service

Further details have been confirmed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

It has said its officers have been working to evacauate people from the building.

It says the North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police is also on the scene.

A spokesperson said: “We would ask residents to avoid the area and also close any windows and doors.”

12.10pm: Huge response from fire crews

The service has sent teams of firefighters from the following stations: 

*Sunderland Central

*Farringdon

*Rainton Bridge

*Washington

*North Shields

*South Shields

*Gosforth

Specialist support units have also been sent by Marley Park and West Denton stations

One of the photos from the scene as the emergency crews work.

12.18pm: Cordon set up in street to close off access

The fire service has closed off Ettrick Grove while the services continue to work on the building and help those who had been inside at the time the fire broke out.

Care workers have been seen with wheelchairs as they work to help residents.

A cordon has been thrown around the scene.

12.20pm: Platform helps crews reach up to first floor

Here is one of the aerial ladder platforms at work in the street.

An aerial ladder platform is part of the response.

12.23pm: Road closed off to traffic

This traffic map from Google shows the location of the home and where traffic has been backed up while the incident is dealt with.

This map from Google shows where the home is and how the road has been blocked by the incident.

12.32pm: Ambulance service joins police and firefighters

We’ve got a call into the North East Ambulance Service to find out about its response to the call out.

A number of its vehicles can be seen on the scene, including at least two incident response unit, car and van.

Ambulance crews on site.

12.37pm: Chairs brought out for people to rest up

The care team from the home have been seen moving chairs out into the street to help people rest up.

Care staff take chairs for people to take a rest away from the blaze.
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