Fire destroys Scottish care home residence

Crews from Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service have helped rescue elderly care home residents from a major fire that broke out at a nursing home in the Inverness area.

Some 59 residents of Culloden Court and 12 members of staff were led to safety from the facility located on the outskirts of Inverness after the fire alarm was triggered at about 18:00 BST yesterday (October 18th).

Crews from Inverness, Beauly, Dingwall and Nairn responded to the fire, which quickly spread across the two-storey care home and required an aerial ladder platform to tackle.

Firefighters, nursing-home staff and nearby residents were quick to respond to the incident and their action was credited with helping to ensure no injuries or fatalities were reported.

An emergency reception centre for those affected by the inferno was set up at the nearby Smithton Primary school and the residents were later given temporary accommodation in other care homes.

Regular fire risk assessments are required in such facilities to help the responsible person identify potential dangers that could lead to an incident like this.