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Assisted living center fire sends residents to other facilities

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(08/13/12) - The investigation continues into what started a fire at an assisted living facility in Midland.

The fire started late Friday night at Brittany Manor on Ashman near Waldo.

It appears the fire started near an air conditioning unit.

There were no injuries, and dozens of residents have been moved to other care centers.

Not only did the staff at Brittany Manor have to scramble to get the residents out, but the staffs of the other care centers who took in those residents were also busy.

It was a miracle - that's how Garry Coveart of Sanford describes the successful operation of moving his wife Patricia and the other residents at the Brittany Manor care center after the fire started.

"I understand, Terry, that they took 120 out in 15 minutes and that's amazing, because many of them were in bed," Coveart said.

Patricia Coveart came here to Tendercare in Midland, with 26 other residents from Brittany Manor, in the early morning hours of Saturday.

"They came in from 5 a.m. -10 a.m., we had diet orders for all the residents," says Tendercare Administrator Marilyn Ringer.

Ringer says the facility has to be prepared for something like this.

"We have policies and procedures that allows us to take a large influx of residents," she says.

"Safety first, we had to make sure they were all safe," said director of Nursing Cindy Fleming.

She says the Brittany Manor staff came over with the residents.

"That was key, because it helped the residents when they had seen those familiar faces, to feel so much more secure, because we are all new faces to them," Fleming says.

Tendercare employees from the region came to help.

"You just answer the call, the calls go out, the emergency happened, the community just gets together, they call whoever they can to come in," says Cathy Alfonsi, who normally works at the Frankenmuth Tendercare.

Garry Coveart says his wife is doing fine, but he still realizes this could have had a different ending.

"It's a miracle that no one was injured, its amazing," Coveart said.

Because Tendercare has 27 new residents, they need some help. They are taking applications for Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants.

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