A FIRE broke out at a derelict former care home in Dudley at the weekend.

The fire started at the former Summerfield Care Home in Wellington Road at around 8.25am yesterday (Sunday January 22).

Firefighters from Brierley Hill, Oldbury, West Bromwich and Bilston responded, with the fire on the ground floor.

Police also attended to deal with traffic management on the busy road and securing the building. 

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: "The fire was extinguished and everyone was accounted for after a thorough search of the building.

"West Midlands Police were in attendance, assisting with traffic management. We left the incident shortly after 10am.

"We revisited the premises later that day and extinguished a hotspot.

"The incident was left with West Midlands Police."

Dudley News:

The care home was closed down in 2012 by the CQC after concerns were raised for the health and safety of elderly residents during an inspection.

During the visit to the home,which was managed by Merron Care Limited, commodes were found to be unclean, mould was discovered in the showers, furniture and flooring was damaged, stained and needed replacing and some of the mattresses and armchairs “smelt offensive” and were “stained with body fluids”.

All 38 residents were relocated by Dudley Council.

A proposal to convert the building into a HMO was turned down by Dudley Council in March 2017.

The cause of the fire is not known. 

West Midlands Police have been contacted for comment.