Dryer Sparks Fire At Rocky Mount Assisted Living Facility
Posted October 15, 2003 3:26 a.m. EDT
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Residents at a Rocky Mount assisted living facility got an early morning scare.
Forty-three resident were evacuated after fire broke out in the building.
The fire started around 12:30 a.m. at the Alterra Sterling House assisted living facility.
Fire investigators said excessive heat in the dryer filled with bed linens ignited clothing.
The fire chief said sprinklers kept the fire from spreading beyond the laundry room.
All residents were evacuated and were able to return to their rooms. Four residents were taken to a hospital as a precaution, and were later released.
Minor water damage was reported in one resident's room located near the laundry room. Damage is estimated at $12,000.