Fire Department Suspects AC Unit Caused Nursing Home Fire

Fire Department officials say a fire that was confined to one room of a nursing home and forced the evacuation of one building wing, appears to have started near a wall air conditioning unit. The air conditioning unit was removed to further investigate the cause of the fire.

The fire apparently ignited while the resident was out of the room and when an employee noticed smoke and went to the door, the room was engulfed in flames. Residents that were on ventilators were transported in their beds and transferred to a neighboring medical center so that they could continue to receive vent treatment.

Once the residents were removed from the facility, employees and firefighters arrived to the hospital for treatment. People primarily suffered heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation and all but two people were released the same day. For more, read the story. 

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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