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Brigade 'hindered' at blaze.

Byline: Alli Pyrah

AN inquest into the death of a pensioner at a BUPA-run care home heard how a fire brigade initially sent just two engines to deal with the blaze.

The inquest at Teesside Coroner's Court yesterday

Mrs Robinson, who was bed-bound, was one of two residents left behind during the blaze in August 2004. she died in hospital the next day with 70% first, second and third degree burns.

According to a timeline put together by fire officers, they received the 999 call at 5.06am but it was not until 7.30am that they were certain that all 42 residents were accounted for.

Fire brigade evidence given to the inquest revealed that just two engines were sent to the blaze at first.

Firefighter Mark Poulsen, said the brigade was hindered by the absence of a floor plan.

"If we had had a floor plan, we could have marked off the rooms that we had searched," he said.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 22, 2007
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