Two seriously ill after Tamworth care home fire

Two people are in a serious condition in hospital after a fire at a care home for the elderly in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Twenty five residents were evacuated from Standon House Care Home in Ashby Road after the blaze tore through the property on Saturday night.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service said it took seven people to hospital. Two are in a "serious condition".

A spokesman for WMAS said: "The property has suffered very considerable damage, but fortunately, firefighters and staff were able to bring all of the residents out of the building.

"After assessment at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors, six patients were taken to Good Hope Hospital with a further patient taken to Queen's Hospital in Burton.

"Two of the patients taken to Good Hope were in a serious condition."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said it had five crews at the scene at the height of the blaze.

Staffordshire Police said the affected residents have all since been moved to alternative accommodation.

Inspector Beverley Rounds said: "We are now awaiting further updates on the condition of the residents attending hospital.

"We've had a number of calls from people living nearby and we want to thank them for their vigilance and reassure them the residents have been evacuated.

"Investigators will now be working to establish the cause of the fire."