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Laurel Pines Retirement Lodge clean-up continues

The owner of Laurel Pines Retirement Lodge in White City reported that residents returned to the facility about a week ago after a laundry room dryer fire on Dec. 11 required all of them to spend about three days in a nearby motel.

Staff accompanied the 27 Laurel Pines residents to continue providing them with care at the motel.

Kent Emry, owner of the assisted living facility for seniors at 3100 Avenue A in White City, said repairs will continue for another month or two because floors have to be replaced.

“Most of the damage was water damage from the fire sprinklers,” Emry explained.

A significant number of items in the facility were inside drawers, so property damage was limited.

The facility can hold up to 56 residents but had only 27 people living there when the fire occurred earlier this month, said Emry.

He explained that staff was able to evacuate the facility quickly so emergency responders from Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and the Medford Fire Department could immediately begin stabilizing the situation caused by a malfunctioning dryer.

Emry thanked the fire district for helping to move residents into the motel and expressed gratitude for the efforts of Red Cross volunteers and the numerous donations from the community to help residents.

“For the most part, we lucked out,” Emry said.

Laundry is being outsourced but the kitchen was unaffected. There will be a holiday meal for residents, he added