Five Elderly Residents Displaced After Fire at Walnut Creek Care Facility

February 25, 2013 23:17 pm · 9 comments


Five elderly residents of a small care facility in Walnut Creek were displaced by a kitchen fire that filled the house with smoke and sent one of the residents to the hospital tonight, fire officials said.

The fire at the care facility at 36 Bai Gorry Place was reported at 8:05 p.m., Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard said.

The stove first caught fire, and that extended to the cabinets in the kitchen, filling the single-story home with smoke.

That was particularly problematic for the home’s five residents who were bedridden or wheelchair-bound and could not leave the home on their own.

Firefighters arrived with a one-alarm response, including 15 firefighters, and extra ambulances to help with the possibility of rescuing  the at-risk residents, Broschard said. But most got out safely, with one resident transported to the hospital with complaints of difficulty breathing for evaluation.

The fire was very quickly contained. The remaining four residents were relocated to other assisted living facilities run by the same owner.

The fire caused between $30,000 and $40,000 in damage, mainly to the kitchen. Because the home is a licensed care facility, it will not be  able to operate until the kitchen is fully repaired, Broschard said.
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TJW February 26, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Well I hope they get fined or shut down considering they’re not suppposed to have any bedridden residents.

Starfish February 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

It is a “licensed care facility” so they can have “bedridden” residents. Since it is a house–with all of the “ammenities”; it is probably preferable if they were able to move about on their own.

Mimi (original) February 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Meanie, meanie, chilicabeanie! There’s nothing wrong with a licensed care facility having wheelchair bound or bed bound residents!

Laura Zah February 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM

There are different classifications for ALFs (Assisted Living Facilities) some require that all residents have mobility. They are considered mobile even if they need wheelchairs or walkers. Some can care for the bedridden. Others may need specialized medical care & require a convalescent hospital. You might be surprised at how many residential care facilities there are right in your own neighborhood. They blend in well.

jj February 27, 2013 at 8:48 AM

this place needs to be investigated where were the workers?? are they all legal tax paying workers?? did this place have any protection?? fire extingwishers alarms sprinkler system?? full time help?? see who sleeps in the garage.. this company own three houses like this . check them all out..i cant spell!! but i can see!!

marivic e. danganan February 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Well, for your information, we are the legal caregivers who brought the patients
out before the firemen came and nobody gets hurt…the firemen, paramedics, first aid personnel were so amazed that we managed to get the residents out without any harm and they even told me and i quote…”you did a great job guys and we are so proud of you” and the family were so glad also because they are all safe…job well done…peace…:)

Kokie February 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I agree with you miss Marivic, And the other care giver too did a great job! Belrose as I know about it since I visit a good friend of mine several times in that particular place, I can surely tell that each room are well advance /equipped to care for their residents. They provide rooms secured enough for the clients they have back door near enough to patients room exits they have fire drill too. Owner of the said facility are very much concerned with safety and needs of all the residents, I can tell because am very particular as to how Belrose CARES.

xyz February 27, 2013 at 10:20 PM

what caused the fire anyway? is it somebody else.s negligence? why dont you start burning the pot again to get praises form the firemen,paramedics etc., maybe the second time you get praise from the president himself

concern citizen February 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

better to have a drug and alcohol test to caregivers..male caregiver is always drinking and get drunk specially at night..this issue is reported to the admininstrator but nothig happen..this is a lesson to the owner!!!!!!!!!!!!

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