Elderly residents flee blaze

Residents of The Ambassador nursing home on Lytham Road in South Shore had to be evacuated following a fire.
Residents of The Ambassador nursing home on Lytham Road in South Shore had to be evacuated following a fire.
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Elderly residents had to be rescued today after fire broke out in a Blackpool care home.

The drama began at 5.30am at the Ambassador Care Home on Lytham Road, South Shore, when a fire started in a corridor.

Fire chiefs said the home quickly filled with smoke.

All 29 residents were led to safety by paramedics, police and firefighters.

A number of the residents were given treatment at the scene for smoke inhalation and taken to a nearby care home while the fire was tackled.

Fire crews were drafted in from Forest Gate Fire Station, South Shore and St Annes.

Watch manager Mark Alderson, from South Shore Fire Station, said: “We got a call to the rest home about 5.30am stating there was a fire in the premises and all the residents were still inside.

“On arrival, staff had started to evacuate residents close to the fire.

“We rescued some people from the area of greatest risk and we deployed crews to keep people within their rooms which weren’t directly troubled by the fire.

“There were no significant injuries, but all those who were affected were taken to the care home across the street.”

Paramedics were led into the home by fire crews to administer oxygen to some of the elderly and vulnerable residents, who suffer from a number of illnesses.

Nobody required hospital treatment.

Watch manager Alderson added: “All of the residents are elderly and vulnerable and have a lot of medical conditions anyway, so a small amount of smoke could cause them serious harm.

“They had to be treated very carefully.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation, but early indications are that it could be an accidental fire.

“Fire damage is relatively small and isolated to an area of a corridor, but there’s smoke logging to a large area and more than two thirds suffered smoke damage.”