Laurinburg, NC Nursing Home Fire, Mar 1996


Laurinburg, N.C. (AP) - A fire that sent smoke billowing through a rest home killed eight residents and forced dozens more - 70 to 90 years old - to be evacuated.
Sunday night's fire at the Scotch Meadow Rest Home was contained to an all-male west wing. Sheriff Wayne Bryant said the one-story brick structure was left with "not a lot of fire damage, but a tremendous amount of smoke damage. I have no idea what might have caused it."
Ron Danella, owner of the 60-bed home, said the State Bureau of Investigation told him the fire was electrical in origin. He did not elaborate.
Two of the home's 40 surviving residents were treated for smoke inhalation. Most were taken to a nearby motel and six went to a nursing home.
Hospital officials said eight men were dead on arrival and their bodies would be examined by state pathologists. Their names were not immediately released.
Fire doors separating the men's and women's sides closed automatically and helped keep the fire from spreading, Danella said.

Daily Citizen Beaver Dam Wisconsin 1996-03-18