Nursing home residents evacuated
St John Ambulance volunteers were today
involved in a dramatic evacuation after a fire in
a petrol station threatened a local nursing home.
A fire broke out in the early hours of the morning (Friday 29
May) at a petrol station in Chaxhill, Gloucestershire, on the A48.
The station contained a number of gas cylinders
and it was feared that they may explode, causing damage to
The ambulance trust asked for our assistance when evacuating the home and we transported patients to other homes or hospitals from a nearby rest centre.
Emergency Planning Officer, St John Ambulance Gloucestershire
A decision was taken to evacuate the nursing home residents to
Minsterworth village hall and from there to nearby homes and
hospitals. Two St John Ambulance vehicles, crewed by four
volunteers, provided assistance from 12 to 6pm on Friday and were
due to provide a similar level of care on Saturday.
Dennis Egglestone, Emergency Planning Officer for St John
Ambulance in Gloucestershire, said: ‘The fire took hold in the
early hours of the morning (Friday 29 May), and there were fears
that if gas cylinders exploded that it may affect residents in a
nearby nursing home. The ambulance trust asked for our
assistance when evacuating the home and we transported
patients to other homes or hospitals from a nearby rest
'This enabled them to be properly cared for. Two of the patients
were over 100 years old and many of them were very
frail with existing medical conditions but the operation was well
handled and they’re all being well cared for. It’s
likely that we’ll be able to return the residents to the home
tomorrow when it’s safe for them to return.’