Hundreds evacuated in Robbins nursing home fire

October 31, 2011 1:40:36 PM PDT
Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate a south suburban mental health facility when a mattress fire broke out.

The fire at the Lydia Healthcare Center in Robbins, Ill., broke out on the sixth floor at about 1 a.m. Monday. The building's sprinkler system went off, and now the facility must be cleaned. Most of the damage was caused by smoke and water.

The patients were moved to a nearby community center where the Red Cross was helping to take care of them. They should be able to go back to the building later Monday.

Investigators suspect a resident smoking in bed caused the fire.

Three residents and one employee were hospitalized, but none of the injuries is life threatening.

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