Fire closes Worcester nursery

By Rob George 26/03 Updated: 27/03 15:36

Buy photos » Police cordoned off St Dunstans Crescent, London Road, Green Hill following the fire at London Road nursery last night. (s)

A WOMAN was rescued from a balcony as firefighters tackled a huge blaze which ripped through the first floor of a Worcester nursery last night (Sunday).

Eight fire engines and more than 50 firefighters from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Kinderkare nursery in Green Hill, London Road at 6.30pm last night.

Three crews from Worcester, two from Malvern and units from Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Pershore and Upton attended the scene as well as members of the Command Support Unit.

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed the woman was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Group commander Keith Chance said: "On arrival at the scene, firefighters found that there was a severe fire inside the premises which was affecting the first floor and roof.

"When I arrived at the scene a woman had been rescued from a first floor balcony and was treated for smoke inhalation.

"At the height of the incident crews used six main jets and one hose reel to deal with the fire and we had six firefighters in breathing apparatus," he added.

Two crews remained on scene throughout the night and there is currently one pump still at the scene.

A fire investigation officer attended the incident last night and has returned to the scene this morning, the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

The roof has reportedly been completely demolished as a result of the fire which also saw police officers close London Road during the incident.

The nursery cares for up to 50 children at a time aged from three months to five-years-old.

It's understood parents have been informed of the fire and offered alternative childcare provision.

A structural engineer is also due to attend the scene this morning to assess the damage to the building.

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