Two people die and 33 rescued after blaze at UK care home
Two people have died following a fire at a residential care home.
Emergency services were called to the blaze in Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, at around 6am.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said two people died following the blaze.
Three people were taken to hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation, said East of England Ambulance Service.
A spokesman said: "Five ambulance crews, two ambulance officers, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and volunteer doctor were dispatched.
"They worked closely with fire service and police colleagues to evacuate residents and assess them at a nearby rest centre.
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"Thirty-three people were assessed at the scene and three patients with minor burns and smoke inhalation were taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital for further care."
Hertfordshire Fire Service said in a tweet that 33 rescues had been made from the fire.
Hoddesdon Fire Station, which was involved in tackling the blaze, said "the whole roof" had been "well alight".
Hundreds has already been raised through an online fund set up to help residents of the care home in the aftermath of the blaze.
Hertfordshire County Council said in a statement: "Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue were called at 5.51am to a fire at a residential care home in Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt.
"Firefighters were faced with an extremely fierce fire, well-established in the first floor and the roof of the building, which has since collapsed.
"33 residents were rescued and firefighters worked closely with police and ambulance colleagues to evacuate them to a nearby emergency reception centre.
"Sadly, we can confirm that two people died in the fire and we would like to offer our sympathies to their families.
"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."