Residents rescued from care home fire

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Residents have had to be rescued from a care home in Croydon, after a fire broke out in the sleeping accommodation in the south London borough.

The blaze, which was not related to last week's disruption in the region, hit the establishment on Leafy Way at around 1am this morning (August 16th), reports BBC News.

Around 40 firefighters from London Fire Brigade were called to the blaze and rescued 16 people from the burning building. Ten of these residents were taken to hospital, suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment - which aims to identify and negate fire hazards - must be conducted on all sleeping accommodations in England and Wales.

If the fire risk assessment is carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face up to two years in prison, or an unlimited fine.

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