Dawn Laesser considers the residents at Shire Assisted Living family. Her daughter serves as administrator there and, when Dawn heard about the fire that forced part of the complex to evacuate, she jumped right in to help.
Some of those residents are being housed elsewhere in the building. The Ridge Culver Fire Department says about 160 residents in all were evacuated from the basement, first and second floors. This type of evacuation can be tricky because this building is what’s considered a high-hazard occupancy, with the people inside needing assistance getting out.
“A lot of them have difficulty with mobility, they’re wheelchair bound or they have a walker to assist them, so they’re not able to move quickly, they’re not able to necessarily remove themselves easily from the location,” said Chief Steven Sessler of the Ridge Culver Fire Department.