Nursing Home Fire Causes 16 Deaths, Likely Preventable

A nursing home has been cited by the state health department for failing to adequately “protect residents from fire”. The nursing home failed to update sprinkler systems and perform fire watches. An adequate sprinkler system offered an 85% chance of controlling the fire, but the patients were not given that chance. A fire broke out and 16 patients died in the fire.

“The stories that the firefighters tell are just heart-wrenching about the screams,” said the fire department's deputy director. “They would go to get somebody and walk into a room and there would be two people and they had to pick one to take out and the other one screaming, 'you can't leave me, you can't leave me.'” The nursing home has since paid a fine and updated its sprinkler systems. The facility is also set to receive new management. For more, read the story

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