Nashville, Sept. 26 (Reuters): Eight patients died in a fire at a nursing home that had no sprinkler system and was filled with disabled patients, some of whom banged on windows in a desperate bid to escape, witnesses and officials said today.
Another 20 patients were were critically burned or suffered smoke inhalation in last night’s fire at the Nashville Health Care Center, a 1960s-era nursing home that housed 119 patients. Firefighters rescued dozens of patients, many unable to walk on their own.
“It was a worst-case scenario,” said a spokeswoman for the Nashville Fire Department. “Our people worked feverishly,” she said, using rescue baskets and their arms to carry the patients out one-by-one.