21 in­jured in Alzira nurs­ing home fire

Costa Levante News - - NEWS - By Saman­tha Kett

A RES­I­DENT at an Alzira nurs­ing home has been trans­ferred to the burns unit in La Fe af­ter her mat­tress caught fire at around 03.10 on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Emer­gency ser­vices be­lieve the blaze was caused by a me­chan­i­cal fault with the oxy­gen tanks the vic- tim, 67, uses.

Nurses at the home, owned by the firm Soli­mar, were the first on the scene with fire ex­tin­guish­ers and hoses.

Po­lice and paramedics evac­u­ated the 118 res­i­dents, of whom 16 were taken to Gan­dia, Xà­tiva and Alzira hos­pi­tals.

By 09.00 on Wed­nes­day, only two res­i­dents re­mained in hos- pital – the younger woman at La Fe in Va­len­cia, and a lady aged 86 who is still at the La Costera dis­trict cen­tre in Xà­tiva.

Five po­lice of­fi­cers were also treated for mi­nor burns and smoke in­hala­tion.

Soli­mar sources say the safety sys­tems in place at the nurs­ing home, on the main Av- in­guda Mediter­rà­nia, were ‘in per­fect work­ing or­der’, and ‘pre­vented an even greater tragedy’.

Smoke alarms went off im­me­di­ately and fire doors au­to­mat­i­cally clicked into ac­tion, seal­ing off sev­eral wings of the build­ing and open­ing bed­room doors in af­fected ar­eas to speed up evac­u­a­tion.

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