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UPDATE: Alarm Did Not Work in Retirement Fire

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Fire investigators say the fire alarm did not work at a residential care facility where one person died Tuesday.

61-year-old Roberta Aldridge died in the late fire. Jonesboro Fire Chief Leonard Jadrich says Aldridge died of smoke inhalation and was found lying in her bed.

Firefighters say a worker smelled smoke and pulled a fire alarm. When that did not sound, the worker then yelled for the 25 residents to evacuate.

The worker helped all but three people get out of the now-destroyed structure. The others were helped by authorities.

Fire officials say the source of the fire is still under investigation. Chief Jadrich says the probe was focused on the attic but arson is not suspected.

The laundry room was originally believed to be the fire's starting point.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)


WED UPDATE: Investigators canvassed the scene Wednesday morning, searching for the cause of the fire. As Region 8 News has reported, fire fighters think it started in the laundry room.

While some of the facilities' residents remain in the hospital due to the oxygen dependency, others have been transferred to other retirement facilities.

25 residents lived at the facility, which is completely destroyed this morning.

We now know that fire fighters had to rescue at least one resident during the fire.

The initial call came in at 8:43 PM last night.


JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Firefighters have confirmed one death as the result of a fire at the Rosehaven Retirement Home on Stone Street.

Firefighters say everyone else made it out safely. Seven residents were sent to the hospital, because of a dependency on oxygen equipment. 

Jonesboro Fire Chief Leonard Jadrich commented, "We're still investigating the fire but it appears that it started in the laundry room."

The fire broke out just before 9:00pm in the laundry area according to officers on the scene.  The fire spread to the roof before it could be contained.  Investigators have not determined a cause.

Region 8 News is tracking this story and will update it here at kait8.com.

 

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