IOWA PARK (KFDX/KJTL) —
UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6:43 p.m.
One man is in serious condition and four residents and five staff from the Iowa Park Healthcare Center nursing home were taken to the hospital after a structure fire early Tuesday afternoon.
Officials at the healthcare center are asking for prayers for everyone involved including their maintenance man, Terry Caudill. The other nine individuals were taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation.
According to their Facebook page, everyone was safely evacuated from the building.
A portion of the south hall roof collapsed and officials said the fire started in the attic.
There is also water damage in 3/4 of the building and minor water damage in a few rooms. The rooms in the north hall were not damaged.
Some residents were taken home by family, and other residents were taken Advanced Healthcare Center in Vernon.
Six staff members went to Vernon to help residents get settled in and to assist the staff at Advanced Healthcare Center.
Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates.
Fire crews are currently working to extinguish a fire at a nursing home in Iowa Park.
Iowa Park firefighters along with about 10 additional agencies including the Texas Forest Service and Sheppard Air Force Base, were busy today after an Iowa Park nursing home caught fire, forcing evacuation of the patients.
The call came in around 12:30 this afternoon with reports that the Iowa Park Healthcare Center on North Third was on fire.
From what we know as of now, all patients were transported by staff to the Kidwell Elementary School gymnasium across the street.
After all patients were moved, several ambulances and transport vans were on scene to take the patients to other facilities.
Former Electra Police Chief, Michael Dozier happened to be driving by when he noticed flames coming out of the roof of the nursing home and he said that’s when he sprung into action.
“We went over there, and this is what this community is all about, people helping people and we evacuated as fast as we could and luckily there was a teacher working at the school across the street,” Dozier said. “We got the school unlocked and we started wheeling them over there and getting everybody evacuated out of the nursing home.”
It appeared the fire was mostly in the south wing, which may be destroyed.
One nursing home employee was taken to the hospital following the evacuation of patients, but it’s unknown if it was related to the fire or cold weather.
This is a breaking news story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates.