Residents evacuated in South Yorkshire care home blaze

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Elderly residents had to be evacuated from a care home in South Yorkshire after fire broke out in the building.

Carers at the home helped 22 pensioners out of their rooms after the home began to fill will smoke.

Fire safety crews were called to Bollingbroke House in Barnsley at around midnight on Monday (September 12th) and discovered burning hay bales in the basement. They managed to contain the blaze and eventually left the incident at around 2.45am.

The residents were then transferred to a nearby care facility, Willoughby House, in the back of emergency services vehicles.

Speaking with The Star, June Painter, Bollingbroke's deputy manager, expressed her dismay at the incident, which is believed to have been caused deliberately.

She said: "Fortunately all our emergency evacuation procedures went to plan and I can't thank the staff, firemen, police and ambulance staff enough for everything they did - everyone got out safely."

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