Fire Destroys New Addition to Western Wis. Nursing Home

Updated: 01/14/2014 1:32 PM
Created: 01/14/2014 12:38 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

All staff and residents are safe after a fire at the Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City, Wis. The fire started around 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Thirty-three people live at the facility. 

Chief of Police Bob Darwin says the fire started in one of the vacant buildings attached to the resident units. It was under construction and slated to open in April, but now the building is a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Twenty surrounding departments made up the 100 firefighters braving the cold to put the fire out at Glenwood City's only nursing home facility. 

Chief Darwin says the weather impaired things a bit. He tells us a couple fire trucks even slid off the road and into the ditch on the way to the fire.

Glenwood City Mayor John Larson says the city is very dependent on the living facility and this is a huge loss for the city.

Residents were not evacuated from the connecting building, but they were all brought to a safe room within the facility and Mayor Larson says ambulances were on standby throughout the morning just in case.

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