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NEW INFORMATION: Glenwood City nursing home fire contained; no injuries reported

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AMERICAN RED CROSS NEWS RELEASE)—The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region is responding to a nursing home fire in Glenwood City, WI. The Red Cross will provide water, meals and snacks, for approximately 100 first responders who are fighting the blaze. Red Cross volunteer relief workers are expected to arrive at the disaster location at around 10AM.

Glenwood City, WI (WEAU) - A roof collapses at a construction site of a local nursing home after an early morning fire. More than 100 firefighters responded to Glenhaven Nursing Home to fight the blaze.

"We looked out the window and the whole building was in flames,” says Glenwood City Mayor, John Larson.

"My neighbor across the street had called and said look out your front window. She said Glenhaven is on fire,” says Diane Klatt, who lives next door to New Haven Nursing Home.

For 25 years, Diane Klatt has shoveled her sidewalks bordering on the 44 bed nursing home where her mother stays.

"I think it’s been 6 or 7 years. In July she broke her hip. She's been there ever since,” says Klatt.

Since last summer, construction workers have been building a multi-million dollar addition, until Tuesday.

"In the heat this summer and this cold, it’s sad to see that they've gotten this far after all that hard work and now to see this,” explains Klatt.

"Totally devastating to see it all go up in smoke in an hour or two,” says Larson.

The mayor says he's never seen anything like this before.

"It’s devastating, but on the positive note there have been no deaths or injuries. The fire did not spread to the existing nursing home,” explains Larson.

"The 33 residents of the old part of the facility are sheltered in place and so far they're doing ok there,” says firefighter Quentin Popp.

But battling the elements made it difficult for some crews to respond like from Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and River Falls.

"With the weather today, the fire trucks are having a hard time getting here. Some of them were going into a ditch. We had to call a lot of city trucks and county trucks to plow and salt and sand the roads,” says Robert Darwin, Glenwood City Police Chief.

"The cities hydrant system is only to run about one engine, so all the water is being shuttled in from Boyceville and Glenwood City pond,” says Popp.

"To see all these folks come together and work as one unit is pretty amazing,” says Larson.

The nursing home is governed by a 9 member Board of Directors. The mayor says its expected the facility will be rebuilt.

The cause is currently under investigation.

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The structure fire at the Glenhaven Nursing Home, 612 E. Oak St.,
Glenwood City, WI is contained and crew is finishing their mopping up efforts. No injuries at this time.
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GLENWOOD CITY, Wis. (WEAU) -- Deputies say no one is hurt in the fire and all residents are safe. The Glenwood City Fire Chief says this is the biggest fire he's seen in his 11-year career. We'll have much more information in our evening newscasts.

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Breaking news out of St. Croix County Tuesday morning, as fire crews from around the area are responding to a fire at a nursing home.

The Menomonie Police Department told us this morning it is sending a ladder truck to respond to the fire, which is at the Glenhaven Nursing Home at 612 East Oak Street in Glenwood City.

We are working to get more information on what's happening at the scene.

Stay with WEAU, as we continue to monitor this developing story.


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