Dozens of seniors taken from burning P.E.I. long-term care home 

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Dozens of seniors taken from burning P.E.I. long-term care home 

Fire forced the evacuation of 47 residents from a long-term care facility in Wellington, P.E.I., late Monday night. 

As of midday Tuesday, the residents of La Coopérative Le Chez-Nous were at the Mill River Resort in western Prince County, being cared for by Chez-Nous staff. Representatives of the Canadian Red Cross were also there to help with logistics.

Firefighters were called to the long-term care home at around 9:40 p.m. Monday after heavy smoke was reported in the building.

Desmond Arsenault, a spokesperson for the fire department, said neighbours and community members were coming to the facility to help firefighters get the residents out safely.

Chez-Nous was surrounded by police tape by midday Tuesday as the investigation continued. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

“We are very pleased to announce that all the residents and staff were safely evacuated despite an incredible amount of smoke while we were doing so,” Arsenault told the CBC’s Julien Lecacheur late Monday night. 

“They all managed to make it here, at the legion in Wellington, and now the plan is to transport all these residents to a hotel.”

No serious injuries

Staff and Red Cross volunteers have travelled to the Mill River resort to take care of the needs of Chez-Nous residents displaced by the fire. (Julien Lecacheur/Radio-Canada)

The elderly residents had been escorted into police cars and ambulances until school buses arrived to take them to the nearby Royal Canadian Legion. 

Arsenault said there were no serious injuries, but a few residents did sustain minor scrapes and bruises. 

Desmond Arsenault, a spokesperson for the Wellington Fire Department, said neighbours and community members were coming to the facility to help firefighters get the residents out safely. (Julien Lecacheur/CBC)

“All the families have been contacted so they are all here checking with their loved ones,” said Arsenault. “They are quite relieved to see that they are OK.”

Firefighters from Tyne Valley, Miscouche and New London were on the scene to assist the Wellington Fire Department. 

The fire remains under investigation. 

A long line of school buses awaits seniors being transported to a nearby hotel after fire forced them out of their seniors home late Monday. (Julien Lecacheur/CBC)

A news release from Prince District RCMP on Tuesday morning said provincial Emergency Measures Organization staff are now involved in “arranging accommodations.”

Arsenault said it will be “some time” before residents will be allowed back into Chez-Nous. The building sustained heavy smoke damage.

Firefighters moved elderly residents of the Wellington seniors home to the local legion during the fire. (Julien Lecacheur/CBC)

Firefighters were on the scene throughout the night searching for hot spots. 

“There was some fire in the walls,” Arsenault said. “The fire marshal’s office has been contacted. They are on scene right now.”  

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