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Dozens of nursing home residents evacuated because of fire

June 16, 2019

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Fire officials say dozens of residents have been evacuated from a nursing home that caught fire in western Maine.

The Franklin County Regional Communications Center reports that all residents were safely evacuated Sunday from Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center in Farmington.

Deputy Fire Chief Clyde Ross said the 42 residents were taken to Mount Blue High School. From there, North Country Associates, the parent company for Edgewood Manor, says the residents will be taken to different nursing home locations in the area.

Ross said the fire marshal’s office concluded the fire began in an exhaust fan in a bathroom. He said there was minimal fire damage but that there was extensive water damage because of the sprinkler system. It’s unclear when the facility will reopen.

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