Fire at Montesano long-term care center forces patient evacuation

The fire in the facility has been extinguished. Patients, some in hospice care, were evacuated to a high school gym.

MONTESANO, Wash. — A fire at Montesano Health and Rehab, a long-term care facility, forced about 80 patients to be evacuated Wednesday night.

The fire is currently out and there were no reported casualties. State firefighter mobilization has been approved to send more firefighters to the incident, according to Washington Emergency Management.

The patients, some under hospice care, were temporarily moved to the Montesano High School gymnasium.

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff (GHCS) said residents needed to be moved to other facilities as soon as possible. Ambulances may be needed to get some patients to area hospitals, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff said.

Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia said they have activated a Disaster Medical Control Center, which is a type of incident control center that is activated in the event of a mass casualty incident.

The Red Cross is also responding to the fire. Disaster relief teams turn to the Red Cross for immediate help and emergency support when needed tweeted.

This is an evolving story. Check for updates again.

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