Update - 3/11/17 - 11:36
Services at Henffordd are returning to normal. The Cafe and Bistro Lounge is serving as usual and lunch will be served at the usual time. All but 1 apartment will re-opened by the end of play today and our teams are liaising with the affected tenant and their family to arrange support and alternative accommodation.
Understandably some tenants were shaken by the fire and colleagues kindly stayed with them for the night. All in all we're feeling extremely greatfull that the safety systems worked as they should, the fire was contained and everybody got out of the building safely.
The response from the local community has been absolutely outstanding, from the emergency services, passers by, tenants, Herefordshire Council, people on social media, colleagues and neighbours we're feeling extremely lucky to live and work with such incredible people.
Thank you all.
Update - 3/11/17 - 09:07
Smoke has caused damage to a corridor and surrounding apartments. Maintenance teams anticipate that these areas will be back to normal by end of play today. The apartment where the fire broke out has been damaged significantly. Today all tenants apart from 1 will be back home.
The team have been praised by the Fire Service for their evacuation procedure. We’re awaiting the report by the Fire Service but can confirm that it wasn’t caused by a gas or electrical fault.
Update - 2/11/17 - 22:07
Residents from Henffordd Gardens were evacuated this evening (Thursday 2nd) following a fire at around 17:30. 4 residents needed treatment for minor smoke inhalation. Thankfully, all residents have now been discharged by the ambulance service and many are now back in their apartments having been given to all clear by the Fire Service. There have been no casualties.
The fire was contained in 1 ground floor apartment and didn't spread. 3 to 4 of the residents have been unable to return to their rooms this evening and so alternative accommodation is being provided.
We'd like to thank the emergency service for their incredible response along with the team at The Courtyard Hereford for providing support and facilities. In-fact thank you to everyone involved! We're lost for words about the kind support we've received and are incredibly lucky to live and work where we do. Thank you.
More details will follow in the morning.
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