24 hospitalized after fire at Coventry Rehab Center

COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE)- A fire that broke out at a R.I. rehab center in Coventry hospitalized 24 members of the facility.

Genesis Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center on Woodland Drive in Coventry was the site of an active scene Thursday night.

A fire broke out and was contained to one room of the facility, causing the alarm and sprinkler system to go off, crews told ABC6.

Members were evacuated from the facility due to water damage throughout the facility from the sprinkler system.

Officials explained that the sprinkler system helped save lives at the center, but also caused smoke to produce throughout the building, another reason for mass evacuation.

Twenty-four people were transported and evaluated at nearby hospitals.

A fire chief told ABC6 that 23 residents have minor injuries, and one resident is being treated for smoke inhalation in the ICU.

Emergency response units helped establish a reunification area for family members to be reunited or find information on their loved ones.

Due to damage inside the building, 40 people were moved to another wing of the center.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshals.

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