Temple, TX – Sprinkler system keeps fire at nursing home from spreading

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.

“The fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters conducted a search of nearby rooms for possible victims and found that residents and staff had safely evacuated,” he said.

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.

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