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Friday, 30 November 2007, 22:59 GMT
Two rescued from care home fire

Two elderly people have been rescued from the smoke-logged first floor of a nursing home in Somerset.

Firefighters were called to Hillview Nursing Home in Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, after reports of the blaze in a first floor room.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue spokesman said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Six St John Ambulance crews also helped emergency services lead 28 elderly or mentally ill people to safety.

'Shocked and confused'

It is believed 25 rooms in the building were damaged by heat, smoke and water.

A South Western Ambulance spokeswoman said: "No-one was injured or taken to hospital but several residents were left shocked and confused.

"The displaced residents were being relocated to nursing homes across Somerset."

Hillview provides specialised care for people suffering from dementia or mental health problems.