One deceased, two injured after Tucker nursing home fire

A 64-year-old woman died in a fire early March 26 morning at a DeKalb County nursing home.

DeKalb County Fired Department spokesman Norman Augustin, said the department received a call at approximately 3 a.m. to respond to a fire at 4608 Lawrenceville Highway at the Meadowbrook Health Care.

The victim was later identified by DeKalb County medical examiners as Laura Barrett. Investigators said the fire was started because the victim had been smoking while on oxygen, Augustin said.

By the time the fire department arrived at the scene, DeKalb County police officers had evacuated the building’s residents and the fire had been extinguished by the facility’s emergency sprinkler system.

“When they got on scene they found heavy smoke conditions on the second floor,” Augustin said. “The cause of the fire appeared to be accidental.”

Two others, including the victim’s roommate, were transported to the hospital and are being treated for smoke inhalation.


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