1 resident burned in fire at Yaphank nursing home

A resident was hospitalized with burns today after a fire broke out at the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank. Fire officials say

YAPHANK - A resident was hospitalized with burns today after a fire broke out at the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank. Fire officials say the fire started in a resident's bed at the Suffolk County-owned facility and was contained to one room. Firefighters say they were able to extinguish the flames quickly. A man in his 60s who uses an oxygen tank suffered burns to his face and hands and was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. All of the residents who live on the second floor in that wing were evacuated. Due to the smoke, officials say at least 15 residents will be staying in empty rooms for the night and will likely be able to return to their own rooms sometime tomorrow.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A spokesperson for Suffolk County said in a statement, "We will fully investigate how this fire began in a patient's room and expect implementation of stricter guidelines to be adhered to by the administration and staff of the nursing home."

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