Small Fire Forces Evacuation of MD High-Rise

A minor bathroom fire forced the evacuation of a 13-floor building in Parole, Maryland, on Friday

Anne Arundel Battalion Chief Steve Thompson told a reporter for the local Patch affiliate (http://bit.ly/vlHk2U) that firefighters had to remove between 100 and 125 people from the building. The fire, which started in the exhaust fan in the bathroom of one of the apartments, caused about $5,000 in damage.

No injuries were reported among the elderly patients in the 13-floor building, according to the report.

Although this incident had a positive outcome, it highlights the considerable challenges firefighters face when confronting a fire in an assisted-living facility, nursing home, or other type of communal residence. For more firefighter training info on these type of responses, consider

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