Overheating washing machine causes nursing home fire

Residents were evacuated from a nursing home in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire after an overheating washing machine caught fire.

Two fire engines from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out at 9.07pm on Tuesday evening to attend the incident at Atherton Lodge in Pooletown Road.

The laundry room was isolated while firefighters dealt with the fire and investigated its cause.

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No-one was injured in the incident and residents were safely returned to the home.

Atherton Lodge is a privately owned two-storey detached property that has been converted and extended into a care home.

The home provides care for up to 40 older people, including those living with dementia.

The service was rated Inadequate by the CQC following its last inspection in December 2016.

An enforcement notice was issued by the fire service following an audit on October 2016 which found inadequate evacuation procedures.

During the CQC inspection, the provider was still not able to demonstrate an effective evacuation strategy.

Inspectors raised concerns with the fire service about inadequate nighttime staffing levels.

Timed/simulated evacuations have subsequently taken place at the instruction of the fire service.

 

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