Tullahoma nursing home evacuated after HVAC fire

The flames were visible when fire crews arrived on the scene.
No one was injured in the fire.
Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 2:04 AM CST
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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (WSMV) - No one was injured after an HVAC fire at a Tullahoma nursing home on Friday night.

When Tullahoma Fire Department crews arrived at the Life Care Center of Tullahoma just after 9:15 p.m., flames were visible coming from an HVAC unit on the roof.

Crews evacuated most of the building because of the fire.

The Tullahoma Fire Department, with assistance from the Manchester Fire Department, was able to put the fire out.

A temporary triage area was set up due to the various medical needs of the evacuated patients.

Officials said a handful of rooms were affected by smoke and water. Most of the damage came from water used to extinguish the fire.

Once areas were cleared and air quality verified, patients and staff were placed back in the facility. There were no injuries to patients, staff or emergency responders.

At least nine EMS ambulances from six surrounding counties responded to the scene to assist with the evacuation and possible transport of patients.

“We are committed to the safety and well-being of our residents, said Executive Director of Life Care Center Alex Butaud. “We are grateful for the compassion and professionalism displayed by our staff as they swiftly jumped into action and took skillful steps to protect our residents and ensure everyone stayed calm and comfortable throughout the event.”

Butaud also expressed the center’s gratitude for the quick response from local fire personnel, EMS and hospital associates, and thanked them for their bravery.