CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Update: We’re learning more about what caused a local nursing home to relocate 71 residents Thursday morning.
According to Clay County Sheriff Brison Swearingen, at 10:54 a.m. a call reporting a fire alarm at Cloverleaf Health Care of Knightsville came in.
Pete Taylor, Chief of Van Buren Fire Department said that all residents were evacuated when an ice machine inside a resident’s room caught fire. No injuries were reported, and Swearingen said by 11:15 a.m., fire crews had reported the fire had been extinguished.
Out of an abundance of caution, nursing staff reportedly began the process of relocating all 71 residents to an area facility where they will receive temporary housing. Officers and deputies from numerous nearby agencies assisted healthcare staff in the relocation, as well as the Clay Community School Corporation which provided busses to transport residents.
The fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s Office.
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Original: Emergency response crews responded to a fire at Cloverleaf Healthcare of Knightsville on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, residents of the healthcare facility were being evacuated.
Pete Taylor, Chief of Van Buren Fire Department said that all residents were evacuated when an ice machine inside a resident’s room caught fire. Taylor noted that Van Buren fire along with the state fire marshal, was still on scene as of 1:00 p.m. and confirmed there were no injuries.
WTWO’s Jesse Walker was on the scene and spoke with officials, stating that firefighters confirmed sprinklers came on, resulting in the place being “a mess,” and that all residents are being evacuated and transported to other facilities throughout the city.
The Brazil City Fire Department was also on the scene along with multiple assisting law enforcement agencies.