Tucker nursing home fire leaves 1 woman dead - CBS46 News

Tucker nursing home fire leaves 1 woman dead

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TUCKER, GA (CBS46) -

A two-alarm fire at a nursing home left one woman dead and several others injured.

Laura Barrett, 64, was killed after the fire broke out in her room at the Meadowbrook nursing home in Tucker early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters said it started because the woman was smoking cigarettes near an oxygen tank, which sparked her bed on fire.

"Two of our nurse aids tried desperately to help the resident and put out the fire with wet blankets," said head administrator John Clark.

The sprinkler system eventually came on and the fire was contained, but it was too late.

"We're shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic accident," said Clark.

The rest of the second floor residents, many of whom are elderly or disabled, were evacuated out into the cold night.

Once fire crews determined the building to be safe, they were moved back inside to the first floor.

By that time, family members of the residents, like Darrell Williams, were already on the way.

"We've been trying to call. His roommate has a cell phone, but he hasn't been answering, so that really stressed us out," said Williams.

But once they got to the scene, many said they were surprised at just how smoothly things were being done.

"I loved the response from everybody. The reaction from the fire department, police department, nurses; everybody just fell into place and it was great," said Robert Ballard.

Many said that cooperation and team work really helped keep this tragedy from being much worse, but Ballard said even the loss of one life is too much.

"It is a tragedy and my heart goes out to the families. It's devastating," said Ballard.

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