Fire set in locked Alzheimer's unit at nursing home, Carlisle fire chief says

kward1@herald-leader.comFebruary 24, 2014 

A fire in a locked Alzheimer's unit at a Nicholas County nursing home was set intentionally, Carlisle Fire Chief Jim Biddle said Monday.

The fire was started about 11:25 p.m Saturday in a vacant room that was being remodeled at Johnson Mathers Health Care in Carlisle, he said. Paper towels and trash bags were placed in the ceiling tiles and set on fire, Biddle said.

The 14 patients in the unit were evacuated before the fire department arrived to find smoke in the room and a hallway, he said. No one was hurt and there was minimal damage, Biddle said.

"From what I understand, it was an employee that started it," he said, adding that the employee, whose name he did not know, was charged with criminal mischief Sunday by Kentucky State Police. State police did not immediately respond to requests for information.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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