Firefighters battle fire at former Cornwall Road care home through night

Fire at Cornwall Road - image from Bob Hoskins (s)
Fire at Cornwall Road - image from Bob Hoskins (s)

Firefighters have battled through the night after a large fire broke out at a former care home on Cornwall Road.

At around 11.45pm on Sunday, June 12, crews from Harrogate were called to the fire on Cornwall Road before requesting assistance from Knaresborough and Boroughbridge firefighters.

Ten appliances were eventually called to tackle the blaze, including crews from Ripon and Summerbridge, Northallerton, Huntington, Tadcaster, Acomb and two from West Yorkshire.

Crews managed to scale down the fire throughout the night with two appliances still at the scene to 'dampen down' the building.

Residents were advised to keep their windows shut to protect them from the smoke as firefighters battled the blaze throughout the night.

Firefighters said that, due to the risk of the unstable building and potential falling debris, crews had not yet been able to enter the property and determine a cause of the fire.

However, one firefighter said it was his belief that the building was empty at the time of the fire and that nobody was trapped or hurt in the blaze.

The fire broke out on the former Alexander Court Care Home site, which closed down in 2014 following 'mounting concerns' over nursing care.

However, a new care home was set to open on the site after Hadrian Healthcare had a planning application for an 86-bed facility approved in May this year.

The plans included demolishing the eastern and western wing buildings and most of the central building and replaced with four-storey replacement buildings.

In May, Hadrian Healthcare said that, despite having their application approved by Harrogate Borough Council, they had no plans to open the care home this year.