NO INJURIES IN NURSING HOME EVACUATION

by Christian Mower on December 12, 2013

A FIRE CHIEF IN WOLEBORO SAYS NO ONE WAS HURT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER TWO WINGS OF A LOCAL NURSING HOME WERE EVACUATED AFTER AN INCIDENT WITH CHEMICALS.

DEPUTY CHIEF TOM ZOTTI SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS GOT A CALL SHORTLY AFTER 2:30 P.M. ABOUT A STRANGE SMELL AT THE WOLFEBORO BAY CENTER AT 39 CLIPPER DR.

SEVERAL RESIDENTS COMPLAINED OF EYE AND THROAT IRRITATION AND ZOTTI SAYS THE STAFF STARTED IMMEDIATELY TO KEEP THEM SAFE BY MOVING THEM TO OTHER AREAS OF THE BUILDING, WHILE MONITORING THEM AND STAFF MEMBERS FOR CHEMICAL EXPOSURE.

HEATING EQUIPMENT TO THE BUILDING WAS TURNED OFF AND THE CARROLL COUNTY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAM DETERMINED THE SOURCE OF THE IRRITANT WAS SOME CLEANING CHEMICALS IN A FIRST FLOOR UTILITY CLOSET.

RESIDENTS RETURNED TO THE THEIR ROOMS SHORTLY BEFORE 5:45 P.M. WEDNESDAY.

ZOTTI SAYS THE PLANNING AND COORDINATION BETWEEN RESPONDING AGENCIES AND FACILITY STAFF RESULTED IN THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME, AS THE STAFF IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM AND EXECUTED THE HOME’S EMERGENCY PLAN.

ZOTTI ALSO CREDITS THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE HAZMAT TEAM AND THE NEW HAMPSHIRE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE HAZMAT COORDINATOR.

STEWART’S AMBULANCE AND TUFTONBORO FIRE-RESCUE ALSO ASSISTED.