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Carehome evacuated after blaze in Liverpool
11 October 2019, 21:30
A carehome in toxteth, Liverpool, has been evacuated after a fire broke out.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service crews were called to the Rodney House care home in Canning Street, Toxteth, at 6.42pm on Friday.
Five fire engines attended the blaze in the ground floor recreational room of the three-storey building.
The Mersey Fire Service said the fire on the ground floor had been extinguished about an hour later and is now being ventilated.
A floor by floor search of the building led to a number of evacuations as well as firefighters making contact with residents who had remained in their rooms due to immobility.
The service said: "Firefighting activity has ceased.
"A search for occupants has resulted in a number of evacuations and contact with residents who are remaining in rooms in safe conditions owing to immobility.
"All residents remaining in the building are in safe conditions with clean air."
INCIDENT: FIRE AT RESIDENTIAL HOME TOXTETH- 5 pumps in attendance at 3 storey building full evacuation taking place firefighting continues https://t.co/NNEg7sq3oP— Mersey Fire (@MerseyFire) October 11, 2019
Care home owner Elizabeth Ellis told the PA news agency that everyone had been evacuated and were safe.
She added: "Nobody has been hurt whatsoever and everyone has been evacuated.
"I understand there has been some smoke damage in one of the large dining rooms."
A North West Ambulance Service spokesman: "There have been no reported injuries."
The fire service urged people to avoid the area as road closures had been put in place by Merseyside Police.
INCIDENT UPDATE CARE HOME TOXTETH: Fire extinguished and residents & staff accounted for. Building ventilated and multi agency meeting taking place to arrange ongoing care for residents. No injuries reported https://t.co/NNEg7sq3oP— Mersey Fire (@MerseyFire) October 11, 2019