Two people have been killed and more than 30 rescued after a fire at Newgrange residential care home in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
Fire fighters from Hertfordshire, Essex and London along with five ambulance crews were sent out to the blaze, which broke out at around 6am on Saturday morning.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: “Fire fighters were faced with an extremely fierce fire that was well established in the first floor and the roof of the building, which has since collapsed.
“Sadly, we can confirm that two people died in the fire and we would like to offer our sympathies to their families.
“Hertfordshire County Council is working in close cooperation with Broxbourne Council and the health service to assess the needs of the evacuated residents and arrange alternative accommodation.”
East of England Ambulance Service worked with the fire service and police 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.
The privately run home, which has beds for 38 residents, was rated ‘good’ by the CQC on its last inspection in November.
Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the blaze.