Cause of huge care home fire which left six people in hospital is revealed

Emergency services at the scene of a care home fire near Llanrwst


Dozens of firefighters were called to the The Old Vicarage Nursing Home in Pandy Tudur, near Llanwrst, and rescued seven trapped residents.

The cause of a huge blaze at a nursing home from which seven trapped residents had to be rescued by firefighters has been discovered.

More than 30 firefighters were called to The Old Vicarage Nursing Home in Pandy Tudur , near Llanrwst , after the alarm was raised at midnight today (January 18).

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.

Tony Jones, head of response for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We were extremely lucky that no one was seriously hurt in this fire.

“Our firefighters worked in challenging weather conditions to perform these rescues and tackle this complex fire.

“The fire caused substantial damage to the property and put the lives of the residents at risk – this highlights to everyone the importance of fire safety and having working smoke alarms fitted.”

Two fire crews from Llanrwst, one from Abergele, one crew from Llandudno, two crews from Colwyn Bay, one crew from Rhyl, the Incident Command Unit from Rhyl and the Aerial Ladder Platform from Rhyl were called to the scene.

The Welsh Ambulance Service also sent 10 crews in emergency ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance officer, two non-emergency patient transport service vehicles and a community first responder.

Shyam Boyrangee, owner of the nursing home, said he is “absolutely devastated” by the blaze.

He has praised his staff and the emergency services for their “superb” action to get everyone out safely.

Mr Boyrangee said: “We are absolutely devastated. I arrived there around 12.30am and stayed there until 6am. I’d like to thank our staff, the fire service and the paramedics who were all superb.

“I believe at this stage the ones that are in hospital will be okay.”

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.


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



A meeting will take place this afternoon between the owners of the home and Conwy Council’s social services department as to where the remaining 20 residents will now be re-homed.

Llanrwst Cllr Ian Jenkins said: “The Hen Ficerdy/Old Vicarage has been a residential home for many, many years in Pandy Tudur, and a well regarded one. I’m shocked by the news of this fire, and very much hope the six residents that are in hospital will make a full recovery.”

  • 6 Jun, 2018
  • Melanie Harding
  • automatic fire alarm, care home, electric safety, fire alarm, fire procedure, fire risk assessment, fire safety, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order,

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