Written by Joan Kostiuk Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:02 am
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NORTHFIELD â€“ No one was injured in an early-morning fire that broke out at the Meadowview Nursing Home on Dolphin Avenue here at around 5 a.m. Thursday, March 14.
According to a news release from Atlantic County public information officer Linda Gilmore, the fire started in a single room on the first floor. Though the fire remains under investigation and the cause has not yet been determined, officials suspect it may have been a radio.
Meadowview Administrator Michelle Savage reported that the alarm sounded, and the sprinkler system was activated. A staff member saw smoke coming from the room and removed the single occupant to safety. Rooms in the affected hallway were evacuated, and approximately 17 patients were moved to the county dining room where they remained for one and a half to two hours. No one was moved outside or removed by ambulance, and no injuries to patients or staff were reported.
A room on the garden floor level beneath the room where the fire started was sustained some water damage from the sprinkler system. The single occupant of that room was relocated.
Family members of the affected patients were immediately contacted and informed of the fire. Staff members are now in the process of reaching out to all other patientsâ€™ families.
Operations had returned to normal by later that morning, according to Gilmore.