HAMPSHIRE County Council has thanked fire crews after a potentially lethal incident at a Winchester care home. 

The blaze started at Westholme Care Home, in Harestock Road on Saturday, March 30 at around 7.20pm.

Fortunately, the home's sprinkler system kicked-in to save any significant damage.

A county council spokesman said: “Our thanks go to the fire crews who attended in response to a small incident at Westholme Care Home on Saturday March 30. Fortunately, the immediate activation of the sprinkler system meant there was very little damage and none of the residents or staff were injured. The home remains in operation as normal and repairs have been ordered for the affected area.”

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Hampshire Chronicle: Westholme Care Home

A Hampshire Fire Service spokesman said: “The HIWFRS Control Room immediately dispatched teams from Winchester, Eastleigh, Whitchurch, and Basingstoke to the site of the fire.

"Fortunately, the building’s sprinkler system was activated and successfully extinguished the flames before they could spread.

“Crews returned to their stations after receiving the stop message at 8pm.”

The care home is owned by Hampshire County Council and will be one of seven to close over the next few years. Westholme Care Home won't close until a new facility at Cornerways, in Kings Worthy, is opened.