More than 100 residents relocated after Accrington care home fire


More than 100 residents are being temporarily relocated following a fire at a care home in Accrington, Lancashire.

The fire broke out within a separate electrical supply building at Springhill Care Home in Fairfield Street early on Sunday evening.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Four fire engines from Hyndburn, Blackburn and Great Harwood were called to a fire involving a residential care home on Fairfield Street in Accrington at 16:49 on Sunday evening. The fire was extinguished using six breathing apparatus and two hose reels.

“There were a handful of people who received precautionary check-ups at the scene from paramedics, however, residents were able to remain in the home overnight. The fire investigation began on Monday morning.”

A spokesperson for the home said residents had been temporarily relocated due to damage to the building’s electricity supply that will require a number of days to repair.

Donna Briggs, Managing Director of the Springhill Care Group, said all residents were presently being safely and securely moved to other facilities, including some at sister home, Birch Green, or with family and friends and other facilities assisted by the NHS and local authority.

Donna added: “Our top priority remains the safety, health and wellbeing of our residents, and our staff. We have accessed huge support from the authorities to whom we are also grateful for their assistance, which is continuing at this time.

“This carefully managed situation is ongoing and will be kept under close review and assessment, and everyone will be moved back as soon as possible once the electricity supply is restored and it is safe to do so.”


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