Staff and emergency crews praised for quick action after fire at Thurleston Residential Home

Emergency services attended the scene of a bathroom fire at at Thurleston Residential Home in Thurle

Emergency services attended the scene of a bathroom fire at at Thurleston Residential Home in Thurleston Lane in Ipswich. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Emergency services were called to a bathroom fire at Thurleston Residential Home in Ipswich this morning.

Emergency services attended the scene of a bathroom fire at at Thurleston Residential Home in Thurle

Emergency services attended the scene of a bathroom fire at at Thurleston Residential Home in Thurleston Lane in Ipswich. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Just before 8.10am, three fire crews from Princes Street were called to the incident, described by home deputy manager Vicki Wells to be a “small, contained” fire in a communal bathroom, which had been brought under control by 8.40am.

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed, however it is thought it could have been started by an electrical fault.

Miss Wells said: “The staff here were absolutely fantastic. The residents have said how fantastic the staff were because of how calm they were, and how they managed to keep the residents calm.

“I cannot praise them enough. One of the residents said how lovely it was that they acted so well.


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“They stayed calm and highly professional throughout.

“They were under so much pressure, we were all scared, but they remained calm.

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“The fire brigade and the paramedics, too, I can’t praise them enough.

“It was a small fire. It was contained quite quickly by the fire service.

“Everyone was safe.”

Staff at the home were alerted to the fire after smoke from the flames set off the fire alarms within the building.

No-one was injured in the incident.

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