New Hampshire

Fire at Nashua Nursing Home Displaces More Than 50 Residents

More than four dozen residents were displaced early Sunday morning after a fire broke out at a nursing home in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Crews responded to the Courville Nursing Home on Hunt Street just before 2 a.m., where a room on the second floor was on fire.

Two patients that resided in that room had already been removed by the nursing room staff and the room's sprinkler heads had been activated.

The remaining fire was extinguished by firefighters.

Two employees helped save two elderly men from the fire in their second floor room, and then alerted the rest of the nursing home. 

Luanne Rogers told NBC Boston that everyone is safe because two of her employees saw the smoke and flames. She said, "I know they just did their job. They did just like we asked them to do."

Officials said dozens of residents, many of whom were incapacitated, were removed from their rooms and taken to a safe location until the area could be ventilated and water removal efforts were completed.

One resident had to be transported to Southern New Hampshire Health System for evaluation and possible smoke inhalation. 

More than 50 residents were then relocated to a nearby nursing home due to smoke and water damage to several wings of the facility.

The Nashua Fire Department says that working sprinklers and fire alarms helped contain fire primarily to one room, which sustained water damage. 

Some elderly residents moved back in while others are staying at nearby nursing homes. 

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Nashua Fire Marshals Office.

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