The Colonial Nursing home in New York City has been the scene of a fire that killed two staff members, and several patients have died there in the past three years.
Now, as the fire continues to rage, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a mandatory evacuation order.
In a news release, the agency says a fire broke out inside the facility on Thursday.
The fire caused a smoke alarm to go off, and as the building began to smoke, it was determined that a ventilator was needed, which forced the evacuation.
The agency says the evacuation was done on a “last resort” and that it will continue to monitor the facility, which was once home to a homeless shelter.
Colonial Nursinghome staff are now staying with their families in neighboring homes, and the facility is expected to reopen on Friday.
The New York State Department of Fire and Emergency Services says the building was originally built in the 1920s, and that its history dates back to 1877, when it was the first nursing home in the United States.
A fire at Colonial is not the first time a nursing home has been hit by a blaze, according to the department.
In 2012, the building collapsed in flames at the facility.
In 2016, it burned to the ground and was partially rebuilt.
The nursing home’s Facebook page has since been updated with a statement that says: “We are devastated and in disbelief.
Our staff are being cared for by our family in New Haven, CT, who are still living at the home.”
In 2017, the state of Connecticut ordered the nursing home to open for occupancy again.
The nursing home was also ordered to open a medical center in 2019.