Posted: Monday 5th February 2018
Darryl Keen, Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection for Hertfordshire County Council, has given the following update:
“Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service, Hertfordshire Police and care home provider HC-One worked together following reports of an explosion and fire at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage at 4.30 Saturday afternoon (3rd February). There were 41 people in the premises at the time of the fire, many of these self-evacuated but firefighters completed 5 rescues and assisted another 10 from the property. All 41 residents, staff and visitors, were assessed by the Ambulance Service. The fire was out by 5pm.
Seven people were taken to Lister hospital and sadly one man in his 80’s has died – his next of kin have been informed. One person remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital and the other five have been discharged.
Hertfordshire County Council adult social care services continue to work closely with the care home provider, HC- One, to ensure the welfare of residents affected by the fire. 21 residents were evacuated from the area where the fire took place. Fourteen were moved to alternative care homes nearby and seven were moved to a different area of Woodlands View care home. Our team are in constant communication with them and their relatives to give them the latest information.
The joint response from all the emergency services and staff at the home has been commendable. A joint police and fire investigation is now being carried out to determine the cause.
Our thoughts are with all those affected.”