Residents evacuated from Minerva nursing home fire

MINERVA, Ohio - More than 30 residents of a northeast Ohio nursing home were evacuated safely when an electrical fire sent smoke streaming through a utility room and dining room.

There were no injuries in the Sunday night fire at Minerva Eldercare, southeast of Canton.

Chief Aaron Stoller with the Sandy Creek Fire District says a 2-inch water line broke in the second-story mechanical room, causing the water to flow to the electrical room on the lower level.

Residents were taken to a fraternal organization hall and then to two other nursing homes.

The Repository newspaper in Canton ( ) reports the chief estimated the damage at $25,000.

Administrator Brian Fernia says the nursing home takes resident safety seriously.

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