All Occupants Safely Evacuated
A FIRE IN A HOUSTON, TEXAS, ASSISTED-LIVING facility brought a 3-alarm response for the difficult evacuation of the residents as the fire raced through the attic.
The fire began on the third floor of one of the buildings in the Tremont Retirement Community. The building involved did not have any bed-ridden residents, but most of them needed some sort of assistance to get around. As soon as the alarm bells sounded in the building, all employees including the cafeteria workers sprung into action following evacuation procedures that called for them to respond to assigned areas and assist evacuating residents.
The first-arriving officers immediately upgraded the dispatch brining more than 100 firefighters to the scene where all 249 residents, all with motion handicaps, were successfully evacuated.
The displaced residents were moved to an auditorium and a dining room at the center, where HFD paramedics could tend to them, officials said.
The sprinkler and alarm systems were operational at the time of the fire. Community staffers also regularly conduct evacuation drills, HFD spokesman Patrick Trahan told the Houston Chronicle.
"They know how to handle these type of situations," Trahan said. "All that training came into play here."
The fire burned through the upper floor and attic for about an hour before the resources could knock it down. The fire was extinguished at 6 pm.
KRIV-TV has the full story plus additional video reports HERE.
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