Hundreds Evacuated From Nursing Home Fire

ROBBINS (CBS) — A nursing home in south suburban Robbins was evacuated after a fire early Monday, displacing at least 400 people.

The blaze started at Lydia Health Care Center, 13901 S. Lydia Ave., according to a release from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.

More than 400 people in the building were moved to a nearby community center at 13800 Trumbull Ave., where the agency is providing them food and blankets, according to the release.

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Red Cross spokesman Gerry Holmes said the agency was called out to help about 1 a.m. The residents were expected to be able to return to the home by midday Monday, he said.

Lydia Healthcare is a 412-bed long-term care facility for patients with mental illnesses, according to its website.

Robbins police and fire officials declined to comment early Monday.

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