WALNUT CREEK -- Six elderly residents were displaced from a Walnut Creek care home Monday evening after a kitchen fire broke out and filled the house with smoke, fire officials said.
The fire broke out in the kitchen of Belrose Care Home at 36 Bai-Gorry Place about 8:05 p.m., and was put out within minutes, said Lewis Broschard, fire marshal for Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Despite the quick containment, the residents of the home, who were all either bedridden or require wheelchairs, suffered from smoke inhalation.
Fire crews helped the residents out of the home and into waiting ambulances, where they were treated on-site, Broschard said. One resident was taken to the hospital with difficulty breathing, and five have been cleared of complications and will be taken to other care homes.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, though preliminary reports suggest it may have started on the stove and shot up through the cabinets, Broschard said. While the flames were limited to the kitchen, the smoke permeated the entire home.
The residents will be displaced from the care home for an extended period of time as repairs are performed, Broschard said. Damage to the home was estimated at about $40,000.
It was not immediately known where each of the residents would be taken in the interim, though the owner of the facility did tell fire officials they are able to relocate the residents to other facilities within
"The Red Cross has been notified, though to what extent they're helping, I'm not sure," Broschard said. "It's just a matter that they require constant medical attention in a care facility. Wherever the residents go will be an equivalent facility with licensed caretakers."