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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Specialist support units have also been sent by Marley Park and West Denton stations
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.
12.20pm: Platform helps crews reach up to first floor
Here is one of the aerial ladder platforms at work in the street.
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.
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.
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.