Small Fire Evacuates Senior Living Facility

No injuries reported after fire contained to rooftop air conditioner

The smell of smoke and a fire alarm activated a complete evacuation of Brandywine Senior Living on Old Freehold Road Monday morning, in what fire officials said was a fire in a roof top air conditioner.

No injuries were reported and the evacuation ended after 45 minutes, according to a report by Pleasant Plains Fire Chief Brian Doyle.

Residents and staff evacuated at 8:18 a.m. Monday as crews from Pleasant Plains Fire Department, Station 30 and Silverton Fire Co, Station 29 responded to a fire alarm.   

"Residents and staff were alerted by the fire alarm and the staff smelled the odor of burning in the North West wing and began to evacuate," Doyle said. "Upon the arrival of Assistant Chief Gus Baxes, the building was evacuated and the staff has the area of the smell isolated."

Fire crews searched for the cause of the smoke, eventually discovering a small electrical fire in a rooftop air conditioning unit, Doyle said. Firefighers extinguished the fire, which was contained to the unit. They then worked to remove the smoke and odor from the building.

After that, the building was cleared for re-entry.

"The evacuation lasted 45 minutes and the staff did an incredible job of getting everyone out safely and quickly. Residents were able to return to their wings and rooms with no injuries," Doyle said.

The fire is under investigation by the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, Inspector Kevin Britton. 

1stcav July 18, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Control voltage transformer over head or shorted out, heat , constant use during this whether is sometimes the cause ( they overheat and fail ). Try to use UL approved replacement ( OEM ) parts when changing out , yes it does make a difference....cheap isn't always the way to go.....stay cool , but safe ...
1stcav July 18, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Sorry..over heated !
Hector Logan July 19, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Grammar check says you put a comma between weather and you. It also says to put a period after savage.
TR Taxpayer 1234 July 20, 2012 at 06:08 AM


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