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Fire forces evacuation of 36 at Stuart Nechako Manor in Vanderhoof

An early morning fire, and subsequent water damage, at the Stuart Nechako Manor in Vanderhoof has resulted in Northern Health moving residents out of three sections of the manor.

Fire broke out at about 1:45 a.m. Monday morning, resulting in the evacuation of unaffected areas of the facility. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire.

No residents or staff have been harmed during or as a result of the event.

The facility sprinkler system was activated during the fire and has caused some water damage to three sections of the facility, necessitating the transfer of clients and patients for their own comfort and convenience. Thirty-six residents have been affected and accommodations options will be finalized with further assessment of the damage.

Residents are currently being housed in St. John’s Hospital and Aspen House (an unaffected section of Stuart Nechako Manor) where they are being kept safe and comfortable while next steps are being arranged.

Restoration services are being activated. The cause of the fire is not known at this time and will be investigated.

St. John Hospital is unaffected and is open.

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