70 people forced out in retirement home fire

Posted at 5:51 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 07:36:20-05

A couple living in Inverness Village, a retirement home in Sapulpa, woke up to a smoke alarm going off inside their apartment Tuesday around 1 a.m.

They saw their balcony engulfed in flames and quickly pulled the fire alarm.

While the couple was able to escape with no injuries, more than 70 people living in the same building were forced out of their rooms.

One of them fell during the evacuation and was taken to the hospital. Another person was checked out for chest pains on scene. There is no word on their conditions.

Sapulpa Fire Departments says one of the Inverness Village staff members started the evacuation and had almost everyone out before first responders arrived.

"They do a lot of fire drills here. It looked like their work had paid off because these folks were getting out and were getting to the area they were supposed to be at," said Sapulpa Battalion Chief DJ Keizor.

After the evacuation, the residents were placed in another wing inside Inverness Village for several hours until fire crews finished ventilating the building.

They are now back home, but three residents were displaced during the fire due to smoke and water damage in their units.

Chief Keizor said the assisted living staff is accommodating these residents in model units for the time being.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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