Woman killed in fire at care home for vul­ner­a­ble adults

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Reporter

A WOMAN died af­ter a fire broke out at a Lon­don care home for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

More than 70 fire­fight­ers were called to Con­ning­ton Cres­cent, Ching­ford, just be­fore 2.15am yes­ter­day.

Lon­don Fire Bri­gade said 12 peo­ple left the three-storey block be­fore fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

Pictures from the scene showed flames pour­ing out of the roof of the build­ing, which houses Con­ning­ton Court and Con­ning­ton House – both of which are run by Se­quence Care and pro­vide ser­vices to sup­port adults with autism and other com­plex needs or be­hav­iours, ac­cord­ing to Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion doc­u­ments.

Iain Dun­can Smith, the MP for Ching­ford and Wood­ford Green, has de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a “ter­ri­ble tragedy” and called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the blaze.

A Se­quence Care spokesman said: “We are all shocked by the death of a res­i­dent in our sup­ported liv­ing flats at Con­ning­ton Court in Ching­ford and our thoughts are with her family. We will of­fer them ev­ery sup­port we can.

“The safety and well-be­ing of our res­i­dents is al­ways our main con­cern and while we be­lieve that the pro­cesses that we have in place to en­sure fire safety are ro­bust, in the light of last night’s events we are car­ry­ing out fur­ther checks across all of our ser­vices.

“We would like to also thank the fire bri­gade, am­bu­lance ser­vice and other emer­gency ser­vices for their rapid re­sponse and their sup­port. It is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

“We are work­ing closely with the emer­gency ser­vices to es­tab­lish ex­actly what hap­pened to cause the fire.”

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