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Elderly man died following sheltered accommodation blaze in Wilmington

PUBLISHED: 09:48 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 14 June 2017

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Eight others were taken to hospital for treatment

Occupants of five sheltered accommodation flats in Wilmington are currently unable to return home following a blaze on Sunday, June 11.

One man in his seventies died, and a further eight were taken to hospital after the fire broke out in Emily Court care home on Barn End Lane.

All emergency services including eight fire engines, nine ambulances and an air ambulance, police and the Red Cross, were called to the scene at around 7.40am.

Five people had to be rescued from the premises, and all were passed to paramedics, but one resident passed away at the scene.

A Kent Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “Next of kin have been informed and a report is being complied for the coroner. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at this time.”

A spokesperon for Housing and Care 21, who own the accommodation, said: “Our thoughts are with our Emily Court resident who sadly passed away as a result of this incident, and with their family and friends.

“Our priority now is to support all Emily Court residents and staff who have been affected by the fire. We have been working closely with the emergency authorities to ensure we can get residents back into their own homes as soon as possible, or where necessary find suitable temporary accommodation.

“We are also cooperating fully with the agencies in their investigations to determine the cause of the fire.”

Housing and Care 21 also confirmed that of the 40 flats in Emily Court, six remain affected by the incident.

One is the flat where the fire originated, and the other five have significant smoke damage and no electricity. Residents of these flats have been found alternative accommodation with relatives.

The cause is currently unknown, but police inspector Jennifer Samways, said: “We have forensic teams at the scene working in conjunction with Kent Fire and Rescue Service fire investigators to investigate the cause of the fire, however at this time we are not treating it as suspicious.”

On Monday, June 12, the fire service also issued a warning to residents around Barn End Lane, that they would be using a drone in the area as part of its investigation.

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