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Two residents at the Park Rose Care Center in northwest Tacoma were hospitalized after an fire in a third floor room early this morning forced evacuation of one wing of the center.

MIKE ARCHBOLD; STAFF WRITER

 

Two residents at the Park Rose Care Center in northwest Tacoma were hospitalized after an fire in a third floor room early this morning forced evacuation of one wing of the center.

Assistant Fire Chief Jolene Davis with the Tacoma Fire Fire Department said a sprinkler in the room was activated and helped control the fire though firefighters found heavy smoke in the wing.

Neither resident was seriously injured. A Park Rose spokeswoman said this morning that one of the people had returned to the center and the other was being kept at the hospital for observation only.

Tacoma Fire got an automatic alarm call from the center just before 3 a.m., Davis said.

Because of the smoke, she said about 30 residents in the wing were evacuated to a dining room in another part of the 126-bed skilled nursing center which is located at located at 3919 S. 19th St.

“The evacuation was done in an orderly manner and everyone was out by the time was fire was out at 3:30 a.m.,” Davis said.

None of the 30 firefighters who responded to the call was injured, Davis said a Tacoma Fire department fire inspector determined the fire was accidental and started by smoking material that ignited a mattress in a room.

Damage from fire and smoke was estimated at $10,000. A $5,000 hospital style bed also was ruined.

A Park Rose spokeswoman said late this morning that staf were cleaning up after the fire and residents haven’t yet returned to their rooms in the affected wing.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/10/30/1402517/2-hospitalized-wing-evacuated.html#ixzz13sppxbBJ

 

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