Fire swept through residential care center

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One patient was reported missing after fire broke out in a residential care center in Kongsberg during the night. All 23 living units were evacuated but one resident was missing.

A total of 22 people, some of them with mobility problems, were rescued from the fire that’s believed to have begun in one of the 23 residential units at the Sinnarberget Bo- og Omsorgshjem in Kongsberg. The facility provides assisted living for those unable to reside in conventional homes or apartments.

Police received the first alarms shortly after 4am. Flames burst through the roof of the low-rise building, and one employee at the center, one fire-fighter and two police officers were sent to a local emergency clinic with possible smoke injuries.

Several of the residential units were ablaze and it took several hours to bring the fire under control. A total of 23 people were registered as living at the center, with 22 accounted for early Sunday morning.

The family of the missing person had been contacted and Kongsberg officials set up a crisis team to assist all involved. The cause of the fire was not yet established.

newsinenglish.no staff