Two deaths after blaze at residential care home


Two people have died following a fire at a residential care home. 

Emergency services were called to the blaze in Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, at around 6am. 

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said two people died following the blaze.

Three people were taken to hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation, said East of England Ambulance Service.

A spokesman said: "Five ambulance crews, two ambulance officers, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and volunteer doctor were dispatched.

"They worked closely with fire service and police colleagues to evacuate residents and assess them at a nearby rest centre.

"Thirty-three people were assessed at the scene and three patients with minor burns and smoke inhalation were taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital for further care."

Hertfordshire Fire Service said in a tweet that 33 rescues had been made from the fire. 

Hoddesdon Fire Station, which was involved in tackling the blaze, said "the whole roof" had been "well alight".

More than £500 has already been raised through an online fund set up to help residents of the care home in the aftermath of the blaze.