Nursing home residents evacuated

FRONT ROYAL – A burst water pipe forced residents to evacuate a Woodstock nursing center Sunday afternoon.

Approximately 30 residents from the Royal Haven Assisted Living Center on Ox Road remained at the sister facility on West Criser Road in Front Royal on Monday. It wasn’t known when residents could return to Woodstock, Mary Smoot, assistant administrator at the Royal Haven Assisted Living Center Front Royal center, said Monday morning.

“The patients are fine and we don’t know when they’re going to be moved back,” Smoot said.

Deputy Chief Bill Streett, of the Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department, said Monday that a water line in the overhead sprinkler system in the building started to leak. The water caused part of the ceiling to collapse.

“There was a significant amount of water damage to the facility, which prompted us to relocate the residents,” Streett said.

Emergency responders moved residents to nearby Central High School.

“We utilized that as a temporary shelter until we could make arrangements with the staff and the owners there until we could relocate them to Front Royal,” Streett said. “Everyone safely evacuated.”

The local chapter of the American Red Cross was contacted, Streett said.

“We had notified them early into the incident because we weren’t sure how long things were going to take place in terms of getting full-time occupancy places for these folks to stay,” Streett said.

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