Two residents have died and 33 people have been rescued after a fire broke out at a care home in Hertfordshire.
Three of those rescued were taken to hospital to be treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation, while the other residents were taken to a nearby emergency reception centre.
The blaze broke out at Newgrange care home in Cheshunt at around 5.50am on Saturday morning.
Hertfordshire County Council confirmed the deaths and offered their "deepest condolences" to the families of the deceased.
The council said the "extremely fierce" fire was "well-established in the first floor and roof of the building, which has since collapsed".
Eyewitness sated that flames were coming out of the building and wheelchairs being rushed inside as part of the evacuation.
Darryl Keen, Chief Fire Officer for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, said the "very severe" blaze "escalated very, very fast".
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Mr Keen added that the fact that many of the residents had to be rescued by ladder, since they were unable to escape themselves.
Another eyewitness, said: "I saw around 20 emergency vehicles mostly fire engines, tall flames were coming out the top of the building and the roof had all fallen in.
"Firefighters were carrying out the elderly in their nightwear and in their arm chairs, some who were unable to walk were laid on the floor.
"Some kind neighbours offered shelter to some of people that were evacuated and others were given blankets and tea to keep them warm.
Volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing support to those affected by the fire and are sourcing items such as walking frames to help evacuated residents.
The investigation into the cause of the fire at a Cheshunt care home which claimed the lives of two residents is continuing for a second day.
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