Residents evacuated after fire at assisted living facility

CAMBY, Ind. (WISH) — More than 30 people in an assisted living home won’t be allowed back into their rooms right away following a morning fire.

Decatur Township Fire officials said the fire was at Worthington Place, 10799 Alliance Drive. There were 32 residents evacuated the building and nobody was hurt. Most people were taken to a sister facility in Bloomington. Some others went home with family members.

The fire began in the attic above the front lobby, far enough away from where the residents stay. It appeared to have been an electrical issue.

A relaxing morning outside is nothing new for the residents at Worthington Place. But today wasn’t your average day.

“I guess it’s a little hectic. It looks like it’s being very well taken care of by the authorities,” said Rilas Franklin. He showed up to pick up his mother Hilda, one of the dozens of residents who evacuated the assisted living home during the fire.

“This is a little more than our typical fire just due to the high occupancy and number of people here and the elderly, not able to get out successfully especially on their own without assistance,” said Brent Anderson, Assistant Chief with Plainfield Fire Territory.

Stacy Cromer, Regional Director of Operations, said all the employees did exactly what they were supposed to do. Residents were given emergency bands to wear on their arms that included their medical information, buses were brought in to relocate residents, and a medical cart went along with them.

Asst. Chief Anderson said it could be three to four days before residents are allowed back inside. He said heavy smoke and water damage are the biggest concerns.

Plainfield Fire Territory and Wayne Township Fire Department both assisted with the fire.

 

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