Care home on fire in Pandy Tudur

A fire has devastated the Old Vicarage Care Home near Llanrwst.

The fire has caused “significant” damage to the roof and first floor of the property, although the full extent of the damage is still being assessed.

Crews used ladders and breathing apparatus to reach seven of the residents reported trapped on the ground and first floor of the building.
Six of them were taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd to be checked over.
The other 19 residents were evacuated safely with the help of care home staff, paramedics and police.

A joint investigation by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the police suggests the blaze was sparked by electrics in a first floor store cupboard.

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Fire at Stevenage Care Home

A fire broke out at a Stevenage care home this afternoon following a reported explosion in a resident’s room, with seven people taken to hospital.

  • The fire broke out at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire 
  • Social media users reported an air ambulance landing in a supermarket car park 
  • Ambulance service has tweeted that seven people have been taken to hospital

Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue (LFR)

Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR)


NASHiCS have signed a Primary Authority Scheme with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue (LFR). This allows all NASHiCS members to receive general Fire Safety advice and guidance directly from LFR which is tailored to the needs of our sector.

This innovative scheme also allows members to partner directly with LFR, and receive advice on all aspects of Fire Safety from a dedicated fire safety contact who will provide assured or bespoke advice tailored directly to your needs.

Advice can be anything from day to day fire safety issues to qualified specialist technical advice and guidance in the event of an enforcement action.

The direct PAS has flexible membership options and is currently open to any care provider which has premises in two or more authority areas.
(Note: From October 2017 this will be opened up to any provider irrespective of their size and location).

If you feel that you could benefit from the Primary Authority Scheme please contact the NASHiCS Administrator by e-mail, and you will be put in touch with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue for an informal discussion to describe the PAS and the options which are available to assist you as a member.

NOTE: Paul Howes, the PAS Manager at LFR, will be running a one to one Fire Safety Clinic at the NASHiCS Conference on Wed 13th September. Further details,


June 2017

NFCC Launches Specialised Housing Fire Guidance.

The official launch of the NFCC Specialised Housing Guidance took place on 4th May at the CFOA conference.
The NFCC  has provided recommendations designed to protect residents of specialised housing from fire.

Its recommendations relate to various forms of sheltered housing, extra care housing, and also supported housing for people with common characteristics, such as learning disabilities and mental health problems.
A common factor in the premises to which the guide applies is the ability to facilitate person-centred planning.

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Two people have died after morning fire at a care home

Two people have died after an early morning fire at a care home in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

Thirty-three people were rescued and three were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and minor burns, said East of England Ambulance Service.

Firefighters said the “whole roof” had been “well alight” when they arrived.

“Hertfordshire County Council is working in close cooperation with Broxbourne Council and the health service to assess the needs of the evacuated residents and arrange alternative accommodation.”


Six rescued from care home blaze in Penge

A care home company has been hit with fines and costs totaling £42,966 for breaking fire safety laws following a blaze at a residential care home in Penge, in 2013 which left an elderly woman seriously injured.

GCH (Burrow House) Ltd, which runs Burrows House care home on Derwent Road, was sentenced for three offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Croydon Crown Court following the successful prosecution by the  London Fire Brigade.

The company was fined £10,000 for each offence under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and full court costs of £12,966 – a total of £42,966.