Devastating Fire Remembered

1 decade 1 year 9 months ago Friday, February 16 2007 Feb 16, 2007 Friday, February 16, 2007 6:34:12 PM CST February 16, 2007 in News
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WARRENTON (AP) - Fifty years later, the fire considered the worst ever at a nursing home in the United States is being remembered in the eastern Missouri town Warrenton. The fire broke out on February 17, 1957, at the Katie Jane Nursing Home. Seventy-two patients lost their lives. The fire began in a linen closet, but the cause was never determined. The nursing home lacked an evacuation plan, had no alarm system, no fire escapes and no sprinklers. A month after the fire, Governor James Blair signed legislation establishing minimum safety standards for nursing homes.

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