Fire Forces Evacuation of Retirement Home – Update
Prince George, B.C. – A small fire forced the evacuation of of the Prince George Chateau retirement home just before 10 this morning.
Prince George Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief John Heaslip says the blaze started in a lazy boy chair in one of the suites located in the west wing.
He says the fire triggered the sprinkler system in that suite only, adding its lone occupant has been taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.
Heaslip says 150 other residents were moved onto buses to keep warm noting two of those have been taken to hospital with unknown medical issues.
He says the cause of the fire has not been determined and notes the building is being evaluated to see if those other residents can return.
Brad Beckett with the City is on scene and says there’s a plan in place to assist with the residents should they need a place to stay.
Crews from Prince George’s four fire halls attended the scene along with the RCMP and BC Ambulance Service.