Eganville retirement home evacuated due to elevated carbon monoxide levels

EGANVILLE, ONT. — A retirement home in Eganville, Ont. has been evacuated after a high level of carbon monoxide was detected.

Firefighters were called to the Fairfields Retirement Home in the town about 130 km west of Ottawa just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

All 37 residents and staff at the home were evacuated, a press release said, and taken to the Eganville Legion.

No injuries were reported.

It’s unknown why levels of the poisonous gas were so high. Fire crews remain on scene and the retirement home remains closed.

Paramedic chief Mike Nolan said on Twitter that residents were being re-assessed, comforted and fed at the Legion and that paramedics were establishing medication care plans.

If you are a family member of a resident looking for information or emergency support services regarding the incident, Fairfields Senior Living Residence is asking you to call Gerald at 613-732-0377 or Mary at 613-602-0150.

Debbie Robinson, County of Renfrew Warden had this statement:

“Our thoughts are with those residents and family members affected by this incident at Fairfields. I wish to express my thanks to the residents, and their families for their patience. I also wish to thank the staff of Fairfields, Bonnechere Valley Fire Department, Bonnechere Valley Community Emergency Management Coordinator and County Paramedic Service Staff for their swift action. Both Bonnechere Valley and the County of Renfrew followed pre-established emergency plans to ensure that all residents received care, shelter and are provided with timely up-to-date information. Once we are informed we will ensure the details as to when residents will be able to return to the residence are conveyed quickly.”

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