Man dies following fire at care home smoking shelter

A 90-year-old man has died after sustaining serious injuries in a fire in a smoking shelter at a care home in Warrington.

Two fire engines were called to attend the blaze at Heathercroft Nursing Home on Longbarn Lane at 6.11pm on Monday.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said:  “Crews from Warrington and Lymm were deployed to the scene and on arrival they discovered a fire in a smoking shelter area outside the home. The team used water to extinguish the fire.

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“An elderly man was injured as a result of the incident. He was initially treated by firefighters at the scene and was taken to Whiston Hospital but has sadly since died. Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing.”

A Cheshire Police spokesperson said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Heathercroft, which is run by Ashberry Healthcare Limited, provides nursing and personal care for up to 88 older people.

The service was rated inadequate by the CQC following its last inspection in January 2018.

Inspectors said risks to people’s safety were not managed safely and found instances where safeguarding incidents had not been adequately recorded.

The CQC said there were insufficient staff to meet the needs of people at the home.

An Ashberry Healthcare spokesperson told CHP: “We are very saddened by  a tragic accident which happened in the grounds of our nursing home on Monday evening which involved one of our residents.

“This matter is being investigated and whilst awaiting the outcome of those enquiries, we are unable to give any further information.”

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