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Investigation into Bushey sheltered housing fire

Storey Court care home
Image caption A fire broke out at Storey Court sheltered accommodation scheme in Bushey

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire at a sheltered accommodation unit in Hertfordshire.

The fire started at Storey Court in Barley Close, Bushey, at about 17:00 GMT on Tuesday and the building was evacuated.

The 100 residents were safely led to a nearby reception centre after smoke alarms alerted them to the blaze.

About 80% of the building's roof was destroyed. Hertfordshire County Council is providing alternative accommodation.

Storey Court is run by the Aldwyck Housing Group, made up of two floors of self-contained flats.

Fire crews found the second floor well alight when they arrived at the scene.

Richard Thake, the council's cabinet member for community safety, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of the importance of having working smoke alarms in their properties.

"This incident is a prime example, where the smoke detectors gave early warning of the fire, which allowed everyone to escape unharmed."

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