Embrace care home resident likely set himself alight accidentally while having a cigarette

A wheelchair-bound man who died after being engulfed in flames outside his care home in Derbyshire most likely set himself alight while having a cigarette.

The 60-year old man was a resident of Sherwood Forest Care Home, which is owned by Birmingham-based Embrace Group.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, which attended the fire on Monday said: “A fire investigation into the cause of a fire at a care home on the 15 February 2016 has concluded that the most probable cause of the fire is discarded smoking materials.”

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Embrace staff are working with police and the coroner’s office and issued a statement of sympathy for the resident’s family.

The Care Quality Commission said it is: “monitoring this situation closely and we will take any action necessary should this be required to ensure the welfare and safety of people who use services.”

 

 

Police said earlier this week that they received a call from the fire service at 12.57pm on Monday to a report that a man had been found alight in a wheelchair outside the Sherwood Forest Nursing Home.

 

“We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances behind the death,” police said.

Sherwood Forest Care Home is a purpose built home providing nursing, palliative and respite care, taking a tailored approach that includes support for adults diagnosed with dementia for up to 37 residents.

It passed a CQC inspection in 2014, meeting standards across overall care, management and treatment of people.

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