A fire from the laundry room of the Mt. Bachelor Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Bend on Friday morning caused 75 residents to be evacuated. Bend Fire Department responded at 9:03 a.m., and found light smoke in the hallway coming from the laundry room. Crews put out the fire and cleared the smoke, then allowed residents to return to their rooms.
All residents were evacuated prior to the fire department’s arrival, expect for several residents who are not able or strong enough to walk. Those residents sheltered in place on the upper floors of the facility. The fire sprinkler in the laundry room controlled the spread of the fire, which was confined to the dryer unit, according to the fire department. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.