Man dies after being found ‘on fire’ outside of care home
Posted 19/02/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
A 60 year old resident has died after he caught fire in his wheelchair when he went out to have a cigarette outside Sherwood Forest Care Home. Firefighters were called to the Care Home in Derby just after 13:00 GMT on Monday.
Neighbours expressed shock after witnessing the fire, police and ambulance services attended the scene. Taxi driver Naqvi Syed said: “The fire service was here, along with at least one police car, a large ambulance and a private ambulance. No-one really knew what had happened but the assumption was that it was something very serious to have so many vehicles in the street at one time. It is awful news, just shocking.”
On the behalf of the South Derbyshire Coroner, Derbyshire Police are investigating the man’s death, it’s thought that there isn’t any suspicious circumstances, therefore the death isn’t being treated as suspicious. It is believed that he caught alight by the “discarded smoking materials”. A Derbyshire Police spokesman said “We received a call from the fire service at 12.57pm on Monday to a report that a man had been found alight in a wheelchair outside the Sherwood Forest Nursing Home, in Village Street, Derby. Our role was to help identify the man and to notify the next of kin and the coroner.”
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said “A fire investigation into the cause of a fire at a care home on the 15 February 2016 has concluded that the most probable cause of the fire is discarded smoking materials.”
Embrace Group Ltd runs the care home said “Our deepest sympathies are with the resident’s family and loved ones. Whilst an investigation is ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment further.” The Care Quality Commission is responsible for regulating care homes said they were monitoring this situation closely, a spokeswoman said “CQC is aware of the sad death of a gentleman at Sherwood Forest Care Home in Derby. We are working closely with the police and local authority and await the outcome of any investigations related to this. We are monitoring this situation closely and we will take any action necessary should this be required to ensure the welfare and safety of people who use services.”