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CAMP POINT, Ill. (WGEM) -
A fire at a nursing home led to a full evacuation Saturday in Camp Point.
It happened around 3:00 p.m. at Timber Point Health Care Center.
Fire officials say a dryer caught fire in the maintenance room in the basement.
Officials with Timber Point say all 51 residents had to be evacuated, but no one was hurt.
Emergency officials say with that many residents it's important that everything runs smoothly.
"The staff started their evacuation procedures very early on," Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon said. "When you have more residents that need assistance than staff on site at any given point in time it is always important to make sure that you react quickly and in this case I believe Timber Point workers did just that thing."
Timber Point workers say they train frequently to make sure that everything runs efficiently when an incident like this happens at the facility.
"Every month on every shift I will set off either a full station smoke alarm and we check and see how long it takes workers to find where the issue is," Maintenance Supervisor Donald Steinkulher said. "We drill every shift, every month because when you have staff changes you don't want to have anybody not know what to do."
Residents were moved back in after the fire was put out, but officials say residents are in a different part of the building due to cleaning.
Thursday, August 28 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:39:51 GMT
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