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Beechmere: Residents evacuated from care home blaze

Smoke seen over Rolls Avenue Image copyright Darren Faloona
Image caption The smoke from the fire can be seen from nearby homes on Rolls Avenue

Elderly residents are being evacuated from a residential block which is on fire in Crewe.

Crews were called to a report of a fire in the roof at the Beechmere supported living complex shortly after 16:30 BST.

The block, in Rolls Avenue, is home to about 50 people over the age of 65, according to a recent report by the Care Quality Commission.

Police are assisting with the transportation of residents to an emergency refuge centre.

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Image caption Residents living in nearby homes have been advised to keep doors and windows shut by police

Cheshire Fire & Rescue said that 12 fire engines are in attendance and about 20 percent of the three-storey building is affected.

North West Ambulance Service confirmed it is also at the scene and assessing the situation.

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Image caption The Beechmere supported living complex on Rolls Avenue, Crewe, is thought to be home to about 50 people

It is not yet known whether anybody has been injured.

A number of road closures are in place and members of the public are being asked to avoid the area.

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