North Maine firefighter/paramedics responded about 8:09 AM Thursday to a a report of a fire at Ballard Health Care and Rehabilitation, 9300 Ballard Road Des Plaines, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics initially responded to an activated fire alarm at 8:09 a.m. and then received a report that a fire was burning in a second floor nursing home patient’s room.
Firefighter/paramedic command called for an EMS Box at about 8:17 a.m. because of the likelihood of patient transfers and possible patient injuries. The EMS Box was elevated to a second alarm at about 8:29 a.m.
Fire was knocked at about 8:33 a.m.
Firefighter/paramedics were expecting to transport multiple patients to Lutheran General Hospital and possibly other hospitals for respiratory precautions related to smoke and for transfers out of extreme cold weather evacuation.
At least one fire victim was reported in the room affected by the fire, and additional patients are being transferred to area hospitals. Some patients possibly have respiratory problems from smoke exposure.
Firefighters from Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Elmhurst, Park Ridge and others assisted North Maine firefighter/paramedics.
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