Derby

Screams heard as man catches fire in wheelchair and dies

Sherwood Forest Care Home
Image caption The group that runs the care home said its "deepest sympathies were with the resident's family and loved ones"

A coroner has heard how a care home worker heard screaming then went outside to find a resident on fire in his wheelchair.

The member of staff attempted to put the fire out, but Malcolm Brown was declared dead a short time later.

The BBC understands the 60-year-old had gone outside the care home in Derby to have a smoke.

A fire investigation found the fire was probably caused by "discarded smoking materials".

His inquest has been opened and adjourned until 2 June.

Image caption The Care Quality Commission said it was "monitoring this situation closely"

Assistant Coroner Louise Pinder confirmed there had been a post-mortem examination but said there was no official cause of death as they were awaiting the outcome of further tests.

Det Con Laura Sanders spoke at the inquest to confirm that police received a call to attend Sherwood Forest Care Home at 12:50 GMT on Monday.

She confirmed that Mr Brown, who was born in Stockton-on-Tees, was a resident at the care home and was pronounced dead just after 13:00.

The care home is run by Embrace Group Ltd, which said in a statement: "Our deepest sympathies are with the resident's family and loved ones."

Image caption The man was found on fire in an outside area at Sherwood Forest Care Home in Derby

The Care Quality Commission, which is responsible for regulating care homes, said it was "monitoring this situation closely".

A spokeswoman said: "CQC is aware of the sad death of a gentleman at Sherwood Forest Care Home in Derby.

"We are working closely with the police and local authority and await the outcome of any investigations related to this.

"We are monitoring this situation closely and we will take any action necessary should this be required to ensure the welfare and safety of people who use services."

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