Tamworth care home residents rescued after fire in April 2017

Fire was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials

At least 25 residents were evacuated from a care home after a large fire tore through the property.

Seven were taken to hospital, two in a serious condition, after the fire at Standon House Care Home in Tamworth, Staffordshire, on Saturday night. (April 2017)

The fire was accidental, caused by "poorly discarded smoking materials," Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

All residents were moved to alternative accommodation, police said.

About 20 firefighters were sent to the property, which suffered "very considerable" damage, the ambulance service said.

Observers indicate that staff did well to evacuate occupants.

Management controls, staff fire training & an up to date Fire Risk Assessment are crucial elements to provide safer environments for vulnerable residents

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