Fire set at senior's facility

For the second time in six months, Vernon Fire Rescue were called to Noric House after a resident deliberately started a fire.

Deputy Fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood said crews were called to the senior's care facility at 8:15 p.m. Sunday after a resident lit his mattress on fire.

“It was fast action by the nurse that prevented it from being more serious,” said Skolrood. “It's serious enough that it happened a second time.”

Skolrood could not say if it was the same person who set both fires.

In December 2015, fire crews were called to the facility when a resident set a fire in his room. Once again it was quick action by nursing staff that prevented the fire from spreading.

In that incident, one staff member was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation.

No one was injured in the latest fire but it is raising concerns, according to Skolrood, who will be attending the scene Monday to speak with staff about the situation.

“Anytime you have that kind of problem, it elevates the risk for everyone in the facility,” said Skolrood, adding many of the seniors at Noric have mobility issues making it even more difficult to evacuate the building.

While the fire was extinguished by the time crews arrived, there was smoke in the hallways and fire alarms were ringing as Noric staff took appropriate action to ensure the safety of the residents.

Fire crews cleared the smoke and made sure no one was injured, Skolrood said.


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