Nursing home residents moved from dark wing after electrical fire at Fiddick’s

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Firefighters outside of Fiddick's Nursing Home in Petrolia after putting out a small electrical fire. Dawson Currie Photo

About 32 residents of Fiddick’s Nursing Home had to be moved from their rooms to another wing in the home after a small electrical fire.

Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Chief Jay Arns says an alarm on the electrical panel tripped before 5 pm today. Staff at the home moved residents away from the electrical room area, then called 9-1-1. By then, firefighters from Petrolia were already on the scene and Oil Springs firefighters were on the way.

Arns says one of the panels was in flames but was quickly put out. That led to a black out in the north wing.

So firefighters and nursing home staff worked together to move the 32 residents in the area to the other side of the home. Arns says the residents are comfortable and safe at this time but it is not clear if they will be able to move back to their own rooms tonight.

An electrician is at the home, trying to restore power but the chief says the home may have to find an alternative place for the displaced residents for the night.

Arns added the staff and firefighters worked well together to make sure everyone was safe. “The staff was fantastic. They actually called in more people to help our guys. We had EMS as well to assist.”

Two people were examined by EMS and were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, says Arns.