Two seriously injured in Tamworth care home blaze

Standon House Care Home in Tamworth. Credit: SWNS

A fire at a care home has left two elderly residents seriously injured, and a further five have been hospitalised, after a blaze tore through a property in Tamworth.

All 25 residents were evacuated from Standon House Care Home in Ashby Road, Tamworth, by the emergency services after the blaze was reported at around 11pm on Saturday night.

Five fire engines were used to tackle the blaze. Credit: SWNS

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "The property has suffered very considerable damage, but fortunately, firefighters and staff were able to bring all of the residents out of the building.

"After assessment at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors, six patients were taken to Good Hope Hospital with a further patient taken to Queen's Hospital in Burton.

"Two of the patients taken to Good Hope were in a serious condition."

The residents who did not required hospital treatment were rehoused in adjacent flats unaffected by the fire at the privately-run care home, while two residents were taken to other care homes.

Fire damage to the care home. Credit: SWNS

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said the seven residents were taken to the two hospitals to be "assessed after smoke inhalation".

Inspector Beverley Rounds, of Staffordshire Police, said: "We are now awaiting further updates on the condition of the residents attending hospital.

"We've had a number of calls from people living nearby and we want to thank them for their vigilance and reassure them the residents have been evacuated.

"Investigators will now be working to establish the cause of the fire."

Helen Riley, Staffordshire County Council’s deputy chief executive said the authority was "shocked by the incident at Standon House and our thoughts go out to those affected by it.

"Residents’ families have been contacted and we are working with them and partners to find suitable accommodation.

"Four residents have already moved to other homes in the Tamworth area and we are looking at the needs of the remaining 13.”