Five elderly group home residents hospitalized for smoke inhalation
Five occupants of a group home in Montgomery County were taken to a hospital Friday morning after an oil furnace malfunctioned in their basement, officials said.
Three of them suffered from smoke inhalation, but all the injuries were considered non-life threatening, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.
There were a total of eight occupants inside the home, all elderly, Garcia said. The remaining three were taken to a nearby facility.
Firefighters were called to the home, in the 13400 block of Clifton Road, in Colesville, shortly after 7:30 a.m. A total of 60 firefighters eventually were on the scene. On the way, one of them saw a school bus that had completed its run, and commandeered it, figuring they would need a wheelchair lift, Garcia said.
The group home occupants were placed inside the bus while firefighters controlled the smoke. The home wasn’t badly damaged, Garcia said.
Washington Post editors
February 26, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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