Fire hits west London care home

Fire hits west London care home

A care home in west London has been damaged after a suspected electrical fire broke out on the site.

Around 20 firefighters were called to Malvern Court in Shepherds Bush at 2.30pm on January 6th, reports Fulham Chronicle.

Crews evacuated the care home before taking just under an hour to put out the blaze. One woman, who lived in a second-floor flat, was treated for smoke inhalation.

Tom Buckley, care home manager, told the news provider: “It is a relief that no-one was injured. We have regular fire drills so everyone knew what to do.

“There is a guest room so they can maybe move in there for the time being because the damage is quite extensive. They need to do a structural assessment to make sure it is safe before anyone can return.”

A ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.

The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation.

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