Official: 7 hospitalized after nursing center blaze

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Seven people were hospitalized and nearly 50 patients and staff members of a Glen Cove nursing center were evacuated after a fire broke out early Monday in a resident's bedroom, Nassau fire officials said.

Four patients, including one about 90 years old, and three staff members were taken to nearby hospitals and treated for smoke inhalation. The fire was reported about 4:30 a.m. in the Marquis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 2 Medical Plaza, said James Hickman, division supervisor of investigations at the Nassau County fire marshal's office.

All seven were in stable condition, he said.

Hickman said many of the residents at the home were transferred to an adjoining facility as firefighters from the Glen Cove Fire Department put out the fire.

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Hickman said it took less than an hour to extinguish the fire, which was confined to a two-bedroom residential room.

"The cause is under investigation, but it's not particularly suspicious," Hickman said of the fire.

Multiple ambulance agencies, including those from the Glenwood, Roslyn and East Norwich fire departments, helped transport patients, he said.

Michael Scarione, director of the facility, said the fire was accidental and that the center is privately run with 102 beds.

With John Valenti

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