A sprinkler system kept the flames of a fire that broke out in a bedroom of a local nursing home from spreading, Temple Fire & Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal said Friday. Eleven units and 25 firefighters were dispatched just before 5 p.m. Thursday to the Senior Care Center of Marlandwood East at 1511 Marlandwood Rd.
Firefighters found light smoke in a hallway and then discovered heavy black smoke filling the room in which the fire started, Pechal said. “A small fire was visible on the bed and a sprinkler head flowing water was limiting flame spread,” he said in a press release Friday.
Investigators traced the cause of the fire to an electrical outlet with a damaged cover plate. An electrical short sparked the fire after a metal bed frame came into contact with the damaged cover plate, he said. No one was hurt. Damage was estimated at $7,000.