Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 18, 2014

Fire at Russell care facility

No injuries reported in kitchen blaze

RUSSELL — A care facility for the elderly in Russell was temporarily evacuated following a fire in the kitchen Wednesday night.

The blaze was reported about 10 p.m. at Frasure Personal Care, 1308 Riverview Road.

The fire was confined to the kitchen and was believed to have been caused by a toaster. No injuries were reported, and residents were able to re-enter the building a short time after the blaze was extinguished.

Owner and administrator Valerie Frasure said damage to the kitchen was minimal.

“We don’t want families to be worried about the residents,” she said.

The facility houses about 60 residents, Frasure said.

Frasure said news of the fire spread quickly, and the incident was not serious as it may have appeared.

“We only had to move a few beds because of water damage, but we've got it taken care of now. Everything's fine.”

Though the home sustained light smoke damage, the most difficult task was cleaning up water from the sprinkler system, according to Frasure. She said a cleaning company had already cleaned up residual moisture in the carpets and the sprinkler head that was “busted” is back in working order.

“Everything is fine right now, but meals are what we’re having the most trouble with,” she said, adding that many local churches and individuals have pitched in to bring food to residents.

“I’m not very emotional about the incident, but I am very emotional about the offers to help,” she said. “The whole community has been very helpful to us.”

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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