Lightning strike sparks fire at nursing home, dozens displaced

63 residents of the Blossom Healthcare nursing home on East Howard Street in Willard were taken to other care facilities after the fire broke out.
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 8:13 PM EST
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WILLARD, Ohio (WTVG) - Dozens of nursing home residents were displaced after a lightning strike sparked a fire in Willard on Thursday, firefighters said.

According to the Williard Fire and Rescue Department, 63 residents of the Blossom Healthcare nursing home on East Howard Street in Willard were taken to other care facilities, including a nearby church, after the fire broke out Thursday night, leaving severe damage to the building.

Officials say everyone was safely evacuated from the building but two people were taken to an area hospital for precautionary measure. One firefighter was treated on the scene for a minor injury.

Officials say more than a half-dozen fire departments were called in to help battle the fire.

According to St. Francis Xavier Parish and School, the school had a two-hour delay Friday to ensure bus drivers who helped transport nursing home residents Thursday night were able to get “adequate rest.”

Fire crews are battling a fire at Blossom Healthcare nursing home Thursday night, Willard...
Fire crews are battling a fire at Blossom Healthcare nursing home Thursday night, Willard dispatchers say.(WTVG)

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