Fire at Hobart aged care facility – managers need to be on alert

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Fire crews arrived at the Queen Victoria aged care home in Lindisfarne, 6km from the Hobart CBD, within 10 minutes after the fire started in a bathroom last week.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but some residents were relocated elsewhere in the building.

A reminder that safety is a key part of village and aged care manager roles – and even a regular maintenance schedule doesn’t always prevent incidents.

As we reported here in March, fire destroyed a recreational building at the Blue Hills retirement village in Melbourne. The suspected cause was a ball bearing in the ceiling’s dehumidifier which was checked on a monthly basis.