Several residents of an Enniskillen care home were evacuated in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in a ground floor bedroom.

About 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at the Graan Abbey Care Home in Enniskillen, with three fire appliances in attendance from Enniskillen and Irvinestown.

The call was made about midnight with firefighters spending over two hours extinguishing the fire in the bedroom which resulted in 15 people having to be evacuated, according to Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue’s Group Commander Willian Johnston.

“Firefighters managed to contain the fire; there was smoke traveling through the rest of the premises through the second and third floor.

“The staff did an excellent job, they initiated fire safety precautions. On arrival the fire service continued with this to move personnel,” he told this newspaper.

The fire was extinguished and the building was ventilated.

Both the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service were in attendance.

There were no injuries reported.

“The staff did an excellent job and should be commended for that,” he said.