Action at Llanelli care home blaze praised

STAFF have been praised for their swift action to get residents to safety following a fire at a Llanelli care home.

Thirty-seven people were evacuated from Llys y Coed care home in New Road, when the blaze broke out in its laundry room.

Fire crews were called out to the incident at around 9.21pm on Wednesday night and senior officers were quick to praise staff and firefighters for their work in making sure everyone was safe.

The fire is blamed on a tumble drier which accidentally ignited. No one was hurt.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service head of Carmarthenshire County Command, Rob Quin, said staff were to be “commended” on the success of the evacuation.

He said: “The firefighting operation during this incident was made more difficult by the need to evacuate the 37 residents to a safe area in another part of the building.

“Our firefighters and the care home staff must be commended for the excellent job they did in keeping the residents calm and informed throughout the evacuation.”

Four fire crews from Llanelli, Gorseinon and Pontyates fire stations attended the incident.

A spokeswoman for the home said: “Late on Wednesday night an industrial tumble drier caught fire in an annexe to the premises.

“The fire was contained. Staff and fire crew worked quickly and effectively to move 37 residents to a safe area of the home. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the fire crew and the care home staff for their swift actions. The new management overseeing the home takes the safety of residents extremely seriously, and we regularly monitor our fire safety procedures which worked very well.”


Sourced from This Is South Wales, 16th March 2012.