Retirement home evacuated after partial collapse
BETHANY, Okla.—Residents at a local assisted living center were evacuated after part of the ceiling to their building collapsed Saturday.
According to officials, emergency crews responded to a call of a roof caving in at the Forest Glade Retirement Community in Bethany.
When crews arrived, they realized only part of the ceiling had actually collapsed.
Authorities say there were about 35 residents in the dining room when a broken sprinkler head leaked, causing the sheet rock to crumble.
The entire building was evacuated as a precaution.
Chief Scott Schroder, Bethany Fire Department, said, “We have electrical issues in here now, sprinkler issues. It’s really not; I don’t believe it to be safe for anyone to stay in here right now.”
Fortunately, there are no reports of any injuries.
Fire officials say this is the third time crews have been called out to that retirement home due to sprinkler problems.