Fire Evacuates 100 Residents from Tenn. Nursing Home

About 100 residents were evacuated from a Portland nursing home recently due to a fire. Photo of wheelchair

According to Scripps Media, the fire occurred at The Bridge at Highland nursing home, on Highland Circle Drive, on July 30. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, as rescue workers were able to help escort residents and employees out of the facility quickly.

An initial investigation revealed that an air-conditioning unit on the roof of the facility malfunctioned, causing the fire.

Are Nursing Homes Safe from Fires?

Last October, we blogged about fire risks at nursing homes. We discussed this subject because the Associated Press reported that thousands of nursing homes across the country did not have adequate sprinklers or fire prevention measures in place.

At the time of the AP report, facilities in more than 39 states were cited for failing to meet fire safety requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

We are happy that nobody was injured in the Portland nursing home fire, and it should serve as a reminder that residents are at-risk of being injured if the facilities they are staying at are negligent in fire safety and prevention measures.

You may recall that in 2003, a Nashville nursing home fire resulted in the death of 15 people. The building that caught fire did not have an automatic sprinkler system. Since the tragedy occurred, nursing homes in the Volunteer State should have made fire safety and prevention a top priority.

If your loved one is ever injured because of a nursing home’s negligence or recklessness, speak to our Nashville injury attorney about your legal rights. While many nursing home cases involving abuse and neglect make the news, fire safety is also a subject that should generate public attention.

You can reach our Nashville injury lawyer by clicking on the live chat option on this page or by filling out the contact request form.

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