Fire at nursing home forces patients to be moved to other facilities

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CAHOKIA, IL (KPLR) – A fire forced over hundred elderly patients to evacuate the Cahokia Nursing and Rehab Center.

Around four o'clock a call came in for a first alarm fire at the nursing and rehab center.

Fire officials said the fire started in one of the rooms and smoke quickly filled up three fourths of the building.

They said the smoke in the hall where the fire started was so thick you couldn't see you hand in front of your face.

When firefighters arrived nursing staff and police officers had already started pulling patients from the building into the parking lot.

First responders were able to get out all 104 patients.

Ten were taken to the hospital to be treated for non life threatening injuries.

Everyone else was moved to nearby facilities.

The heat was a major concern. All of the patients were kept in the shade and given water and fans.

Firefighters do not know what caused the fire.

They were able to get all of the patients into other nursing and care homes for the night.

Cahokia Nursing and Rehab Center set up a hotline for family members to call for information about their loved ones whereabouts. The number is 618-332-0617.