Care home evacuated after late-night blaze

By Alex Jones in Emergency Services

A FIRE in a Criccieth care home kitchen led to residents and staff being evacuated in the middle of the night.

In the very early hours of Saturday morning (13 May), firefighters rushed to Plas Gwyn Nursing Home, near Criccieth, where the kitchens were ablaze.

The fire, which the fire service said started in a deep fat fryer, caused 100 per cent fire damage to the kitchen and also smoke damage in the room directly above the cooking station.

Firefighters used four sets of breathing apparatus, a powder dry extinguisher and two hosereel jets to contain the fire which was called in at 1.30am.

Several residents and staff members were evacuated from the building after fire alarms alerted them to the danger.

The Welsh Ambulance Service was called to the property but fortunately no casualties were reported.

Plas Gwyn Nursing Home owner Ceri Roberts said: “We are extremely thankful to report that there were no injuries and that the residents and staff are fine following the fire last weekend.

“The home’s fire policy and procedures were promptly acted upon and the thorough fire training the staff receive in conjunction with the home’s fire protection equipment worked very well.

“The home is operating fully and we would like to thank the emergency services for their very prompt response.”

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