FIREFIGHTERS are battling a massive inferno at a care home this morning amid fears the huge blaze could spread.
More than 150 OAPs were evacuated from Beechmere residential care home in Crewe, Cheshire, after a fire erupted at around 4pm yesterday.
The flames quickly ripped through the large three-storey building – which has been almost completely destroyed.
Nearby roads were closed as 16 fire crews were deployed to fight the blaze – which has caused most of the home to collapse.
Dramatic footage taken by firefighters shows the fireball gutting the care home as crews work to contain it.
Residents in the neighbouring streets were evacuated in the early hours of this morning as plumes of thick smoke billowed from the building.
Desperate locals reported that hero firefighters were exhausted after tackling the fire for more than 12 hours – and were running out of water.
Twitter user Sars Sofia wrote: "If anyone lives in and around Cheshire please come and help the emergency services by bringing them food, water anything.
"They’ve been trying to tackle this fire down my street for 12 hours now! The wind is picking up and more public are being evacuated out their homes."
Relatives and kind neighbours offered to take in the evacuated care home residents.
KEEP WINDOWS CLOSED
No-one is believed to have been hurt in the fire – but local residents have been warned to avoid the area and keep their windows closed due to smoke.
Poynton Fire Station tweeted video of the scorching inferno – writing: "Residents should remain indoors with windows closed."
In another tweet, the station added: "[Crews] have evacuated residents from houses in Railton Avenue due to the fire and smoke.
"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are working in difficult conditions to prevent fire spread to the houses."
A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: "We’d like to thank all those residents who have offered support in re-housing and re-locating the displaced residents.
“The building has received significant damage.
"There is not considered to be any risk to the wider public, however, residents are being advised to close windows and doors as a precaution."
16 FIRE CREWS, TWO PLATFORMS
Cheshire Fire and Rescue said: "Firefighters remain at the scene of the blaze in Rolls Avenue, Crewe.
"There are currently 16 fire engines in attendance and crews are using hose reel jets, main jets and high volume pumps to tackle the blaze.
"Two aerial platforms are also being used.
"Road closures remain in place in the local area.
"Residents living nearby are urged to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution.
"Any relatives with any concerns can call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 480541."
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