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April 9, 2013

An early morning fire broke out last month at a Tucker, Georgia nursing home that has left one person dead and two injured. Although smoking in bed was the cause of the fire, the nursing home itself may face charges of nursing home abuse and neglect for failing to properly monitor patients.

According to reports, the fire broke out at close to 3 a.m. on March 26 at the Meadowbrook Healthcare Center in Tucker. The Dekalb County fire department was dispatched to put out the fire, which according to Dekalb Fire Chief Edward O’Brien, was contained to only room. The room was located on the upper floor, but the sprinkler system doused the entire building. One victim died, while two others were rushed to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and trauma.

The victim was identified as 64-year-old Laura Bennett. The fire department ruled the fire as accidental, yet, there are some concerns that the nursing home staff may not have been properly monitoring the patients. If investigations reveal neglect, the victims’ loved ones have the right to retain a Georgia nursing home attorney and file for civil damages.

Yet another fire broke out in a Georgia nursing home last month in Macon. 82-year-old Betty Smith, a resident of the Rosewood Nursing Center, died from smoke inhalation on March 25. In this instance, a failure in the mechanical room of the facility caused a fire. An additional 11 residents were taken to a local hospital.

Sources: http://www.macon.com/2013/04/02/2421222/elderly-woman-dies-a-week-after.html http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/one-reportedly-dead-in-dekalb-nursing-home-fire/nW4Rk/

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