Nursing Home Evacuated Following Lightning Strike

Last week fast acting employees were praised for quickly evacuating nursing home that was struck by lightning.The Administrator of the home says they were blessed that the fire was minor and that the staff members had the wing evacuated before the fire department had arrived.

Lightning struck the nursing home Tuesday evening, burning a hole in the roof and setting off the sprinkler system. Nurses and other staff rushed to evacuate 16 patients in a small wing of the facility. Those residents have been moved to other rooms at the 159-bed facility.

No one was hurt, but residents were certainly shaken up. With water pouring down from the sprinklers and all the smoke, the staff had to evacuate some of the residents outside during the height of the storm's rain. One blind resident is grateful for the employee who carried her through an open window to safety. 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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