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Sunday, 18 November 2007, 10:59 GMT
Evacuation after care home fire


Elderly people at a private care home in Norfolk had to be rehoused after fire broke out on Saturday night.

The 33 residents, some aged over 100, at the Old Rectory Residential Home for the Elderly, in Norwich Road, Acle, were led or carried away to safety.

Six were taken to hospital after breathing in smoke.

The residents were cared for by local people and by Red Cross volunteers. Norfolk Police and firefighters at the scene helped with the evacuation.


Staff at the home, emergency services and volunteers did a magnificent job in evacuating and looking after the residents
Ch Insp Stu Offord

Social Services were contacted and arrangements made to house those evacuated in similar residential accommodation or with family members.

The actual fire was contained to a small area that resulted in smoke damage to other parts of the property.

Officers from Norfolk Police and Norfolk Fire Service Investigation Teams will carry out an examination on Sunday to establish the cause of the fire.

The eldest resident is 102-years-old.

Ch Insp Stu Offord said: "All the residents have been accounted for and are safe and well.

"Staff at the home, emergency services and volunteers did a magnificent job in evacuating and looking after the residents."