NORTH BAY FIRES: The evacuation of Oakmont Senior Living in Santa Rosa

Monday, November 20, 2017 10:10PM
A brother and sister that helped rescue 70 elderly residents from a senior living center want to know where the facilities' employees were as the fire spread.


SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Since the Santa Rosa fires and evacuation of Oakmont Senior Living on Fountaingrove Parkway in the early morning hours of Monday, October 9, the Department of Social Services has opened investigations into the evacuations of three of Oakmont Senior Living's communities including Varenna at Fountaingrove, Villa Capri and Fountaingrove Lodge. OSL says all 430 residents are accounted for, safe. Some resident's family members however say they were instrumental in evacuating residents. OSL says while it was shuttling residents to safety, law enforcement officers prevented them from going back to the property. However, the Santa Rosa Police Department has said there were no road blocks. In addition to the DSS investigations, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and city of Santa Rosa are now investigating OSL's removal of fire debris from Villa Capri without a city permit, possibly using trucks that weren't permitted either. The debris removal occurred before the US EPA could check the toxicity of the debris.

Here's a look at Melanie Woodrow's reports:

Thursday, Oct. 12: Seniors may have been left at burning Oakmont living center
Dozens of senior citizens may have been left by staff at burning Varenna Oakmont Senior Living Community

Friday, Oct. 13: Varenna Oakmont Senior Living resident describes harrowing facility evacuation
Varenna Oakmont Senior Living resident describes harrowing facility evacuation

Monday, Oct. 16: Family, employee who helped evacuate assisted living facility question if fire evacuation plan existed
Family, employee who helped evacuate assisted living facility question if fire evacuation plan existed

Thursday, Oct. 19: Attorney says understaffing at Oakmont Senior Living may have played a role in evacuation
Attorney says understaffing at Oakmont Senior Living may have played a role in evacuation

Monday, Oct. 23: Family questions Oakmont Senior Living's statement that all 430 residents are 'settling into new living arrangements'
Family questions Oakmont Senior Living's statement that all 430 residents are 'settling into new living arrangements'

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Dept. of Social Services opens 3rd investigation into evacuation from Oakmont Senior Living
Dept. of Social Services opens 3rd investigation into evacuation from Oakmont Senior Living

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Officials: Senior living center removed fire debris without permit
Officials: Senior living center removed fire debris without permit

Thursday, Oct. 26: Trucks used to haul fire debris may not have been permitted

Monday, Nov. 20: SF attorney files lawsuit accusing Oakmont Senior Living of elder abuse, negligence
SF attorney files lawsuit accuses Oakmont Senior Living of elder abuse and negligence
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