Sunderland nursing home evacuated; residents being relocated

Police and fire departments were called to the New England Health facility

Photo courtesy: Sunderland Police Dept.

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – A nursing home in the Franklin County town of Sunderland was evacuated Saturday night, and residents are being relocated after a water main break and partial roof collapse.

According to the Sunderland Police Department’s official Facebook page, it started just before 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The police and fire departments were called to the New England Health facility at 61 Old Amherst Road.

Water was cascading down the ceiling because one of the sprinkler pipes burst.

Ambulances, nursing home buses, and the fire department helped to move the elderly residents from the home, to the First Congregational Church of Sunderland to stay warm. As of 9:45, residents were still being taken care of at the church. Other residents were taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

A nurse told 22News the residents are safe and being taken care of, but the nursing home isn’t allowed to give out any additional information at this time.

An EMT told 22News the residents won’t be staying at the church overnight. One van has already taken residents to a nursing home in Franklin County. Five other vans will be bringing everyone else to nursing homes in surrounding areas, including Brockton and Amesbury.

The water was shut off to the building. No other information is being given out. 22News is covering this story and will bring you the latest information on-air and on WWLP.com when it becomes available.

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