Nursing Home Fire Erupts Sending 18 People to the Hospital

A fire at one nursing home sent 18 people to the hospital over the weekend. Emergency crews from across the area were called to the facility to help evacuate the 43 residents. According to facility employees, those residents won't be able to move back in for three to four days because of the damage caused by the fire.

The fire, which broke out in a resident's room, activated the emergency sprinklers. When firemen arrived at the scene, there was no sign of a fire on the outside of the building. But on the inside a chair had caught fire. According to the fire chief, the foam stuffing from the chair created a dense smoke in the north wing of the building, limiting visibility to less than a foot.

Of the 18 people who had to be taken to the hospital were 13 residents from the home, two with burns, two staff members, one with burns and the other with smoke inhalation, two fire fighters, and one police officer. The cause of the fire was unknown, but according to the fire chief, inspectors will be investigating the cause of the fire this week. 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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