GLENDALE - Sixteen patients were evacuated from a Glendale nursing home on Friday, June 16, after a fire started in one of the rooms.
Dispatchers received a report from an alarm monitoring company of a fire alarm sounding at Dycora Transitional Living Center, 1616 W. Bender Road, at 7:16 p.m. Friday. Within seconds, another 911 call was received reporting a fire on the second floor of the facility.
Glendale police officers were on routine patrol in the area. Officers reported heavy smoke in one of the wings of the building on the second floor. Nursing home staff and police evacuated the 16 patients in that wing of the building.
The North Shore Fire Department arrived and determined the fire had been contained to one room of the building. The fire sprinkler system had extinguished a majority of the fire. Firefighters finished extinguishing the fire and began to remove smoke from the building.
Additional paramedic units were called to the scene as a precaution based on the type of facility involved in the incident. One patient of the facility was evaluated by paramedics but refused transport to the hospital.
Damage to the facility is still being assessed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
North Shore Fire Department officials said the quick activation of the fire alarm and sprinkler system played an important role in minimizing injuries to patients and damage to the building.