Elderly residents rescued from Doncaster care home fire

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Elderly residents of a Doncaster care home had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The blaze, at Oldfield House in Stainforth, was discovered at 2am and is believed to have started in a bathroom.

Three residents had to be rescued from inside the building - four needing hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

Six fire engines from Doncaster, Thorne, Adwick and Humberside attended, and firefighters worked quickly to bring the fire under control.

Six ambulances also attended as a precaution, paramedics checking over residents at the scene.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council, which runs the home, said its emergency response team and care home staff, working closely with its multi-agency partners, acted quickly to support residents.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, members of her cabinet and local ward members visited residents and care home staff yesterday.

Mrs Jones said: “The safety of residents and care home staff is always of paramount importance during incidents of this nature.

“I would like to pay tribute to the council response team, the care home staff and all the emergency support agencies who worked together to respond quickly and provide vital support to everyone who needed it.”

Following precautionary checks, three of the four residents who were taken to hospital were returned to the home the same morning. The fourth expected to join them later.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, however it is believed to be accidental.