3 people rushed to hospital after fire at Plantation nursing home

PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) - Three people were rushed to the hospital overnight after a fire broke out at a nursing home in Plantation.

Plantation Fire Rescue received a call at around 11 p.m. Thursday regarding a fire at the West Broward Care Center along Broward Boulevard, right off of University Drive.

According to officials, the fire started in a patient’s room.

Heavy smoke coming from the hallways prompted staff at the center to evacuate all patients.

“Upon arrival, the staff was already engaged in evacuating patients from the east wing,” said Plantation Fire Department Battalion Chief, Joel Gordon. “They were moving patients out rather rapidly. We did have a lot of heavy smoke in the hallway, and there was a fire in one room.”

Firefighters worked quickly to put out the flames and rid the hallways of smoke.

7News captured what appeared to be a charred mattress outside of the nursing home. However the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Plantation Police and ambulances waited outside of the care center to transport those affected by the fire.

Three people were taken to area hospitals — one patient with severe burns was transported to Broward Health Medical Center while the other two patients were transported to Westside Regional Medical Center with smoke inhalation.

“We had a total of three patients transported from he scene,” said Gordon. ” Two of them were occupants in the room where the fire was; one was badly burned, taken to the trauma center. Second patient was brought to one of the local hospitals, and we also had a nurse who was involved in the evacuations that also was overcome with smoke.”

The Fire Marshall is now on scene trying to determine the cause of the fire. The extent of the damage is unknown.

All other patients at the nursing home have since been allowed back in their rooms.

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