What's Gonna Work? Team Work: 105 Nursing Home Residents Safe After Fire Breaks Out
AMESBURY — The Amesbury Fire Department, along with 10 additional departments in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, responded to the Merrimack Valley Health Center nursing home on Friday morning for a fire.
Around 9:40 a.m., the Amesbury Fire Department responded to a 911 call and fire alarm activation from 22 Maple St.
The fire department moved 105 residents to the west side of the building that they used as a shelter.
The fire was on the east side, which was separated from the west side by a fire wall and fire doors.
The building did not suffer any structural damage and no injuries were reported.
Amesbury Fire Chief Kenneth E. Berkenbush praised the facility’s staff, the firefighters from 11 departments in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Amesbury Police, Atlantic Ambulance and Northeast Emergency Medical Services Massachusetts Region III for their quick response.
"This was a smooth, well-coordinated response that would not have been possible without the highly cooperative effort by numerous departments and agencies," Berkenbush said. "The mutual aid network we share with all of our surrounding communities helped ensure that everyone remained calm and avoided injury during this incident and I want to thank them for their consistent support."
This fire is under investigation by the Amesbury Fire Department and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's Office.