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Evacuated nursing home residents return

Mandy Jones Mandy Jones
Steven Sheets Steven Sheets
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - All of the residents who were displaced from an Albany nursing home by fire earlier this week are back at that home this evening.

Mandy Jones was one of many residents who received a big welcome back at Pruitt Health today. "It is really awesome to be back home."

More than 50 residents were evacuated after the nursing home caught fire early Tuesday morning. Those residents were temporarily relocated. 

Jones says she enjoyed her stay at her temporary residence but is glad to be back at her home. "I liked it there, but I like it here more than anything. There is no place like home."

"Great enthusiasm and the residents are really happy to be back." Administrator Steven Sheets says they're still working to repair some damages, but they expect to be fully operational soon. "There are some rooms damaged and that we have to repair but hopefully we'll be back in full operation in 7 to 14 days."

Sheets is also proud of the way his staff handled the fire and their response was even praised by the fire department.

The monthly emergency training for the center's staff will continue. "They were calm, cool, and collected, and because of that lives were very much saved."

And Sheets thanks the Albany Fire Department for their help. "Were just really really proud of the city of Albany and the authorities and the local support, I have nothing but praise for them, and praise for our cooperation who did a wonderful job in giving us the resources we needed."

The cause of the fire still has not been determined.

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