Residents treated for burns, smoke inhalation at High Point nursing home

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Four residents at a High Point nursing home were taken to the hospital for burns and smoke inhalation.

The fire occurred at about 12:30 p.m. at PruittHealth of High Point, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located at 3830 N. Main St. in Forsyth County.

Forsyth County Fire Marshall Tim Whicker said the fire appears to have started in a patient’s room. Sprinklers were activated.

The fire caused extensive smoke and water damage.

Whicker said patients were taken to the hospital. Whicker said possibly two are being treated for burns and one or two others for smoke inhalation.

The conditions of the patients are not known.

Assistant Chief Lee Hedgecock with the Horneytown Fire Department said the facility is fortunate it upgraded the nursing home recently to comply with new fire safety standards.

"This is one of those cases where the sprinkler system did its job. It held the fire in check in the room of origin. Up until four years ago this facility was not sprinklered and so we feel like it was a good thing those updates had been made," said Hedgecock.

A disaster response company that responded to the fire said that many times with dorm fires an electrical problem is to blame.

"From cellphones, bedding catching on fire easily, maybe there's a miswire," said Rene Pruitt of Response Team One. "Too many things plugged into the outlets, things that can start within the walls -- typically are things that can happen."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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