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Smoke Alarms Save Residents in Nursing Home Fire

On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at approximately 12:16am, the Tomball Fire Department was notified of a structure fire to at Park Manor of Tomball, an 80 bed nursing home in the 200 block of School Street in Tomball. The first arriving unit encountered a large volume of smoke in a residential hallway extending into the common areas of the facility. Firefighters were able to quickly determine the room of origin and found an extinguished fire. Additional fire units from Klein, Rosehill and Magnolia assisted at the scene.

Nursing home staff members were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms installed in the patient rooms. These staff members are credited with the extinguishment of the fire of a lamp mounted on the wall above a patients bed by utilizing a fire extinguisher. This after evacuating the residents of the room.

All residents of hall were evacuated from the structure by staff, officers from the Tomball Police Department and firefighters and were evaluated by the Northwest Community Health Emergency Medical Services Division. One female resident suffered minor burns and was transported to Memorial Herman in the Woodlands. Three staff members from the facility were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

The Tomball Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. Investigators determined that the fire was caused by an electrical short in a light fixture and ruled accidental.

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