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

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Dozens of senior citizens may have been left by staff at burning Varenna Oakmont Senior Living Community

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. (KGO-TV)

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
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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.


Friday, Oct. 13: Varenna Oakmont Senior Living resident describes harrowing facility evacuation
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Katheryn Mann says she looked a long time to find a place as nice as Varenna. She describes a pristine property with plenty of activities and gourmet meals, but after what happened early Monday morning, she says she's not sure she wants to go back.


Monday, Oct. 16: Family, employee who helped evacuate assisted living facility question if fire evacuation plan existed
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Another family has come forward questioning whether Varenna Oakmont Senior Living had an evacuation plan in place. ABC7 News first broke the story of the Thursday.


Thursday, Oct. 19: Attorney says understaffing at Oakmont Senior Living may have played a role in evacuation
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Another family has come forward questioning whether Varenna Oakmont Senior Living had an evacuation plan in place. ABC7 News first broke the story Thursday.


Monday, Oct. 23: Family questions Oakmont Senior Living's statement that all 430 residents are 'settling into new living arrangements'
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A Menlo Park family is questioning Oakmont Senior Living's claim that all its residents are settling into new living arrangements following the early morning Santa Rosa fires two weeks ago Monday.


Tuesday, Oct. 24: Dept. of Social Services opens 3rd investigation into evacuation from Oakmont Senior Living
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A Menlo Park family is questioning Oakmont Senior Living's claim that all its residents are settling into new living arrangements following the early morning Santa Rosa fires two weeks ago Monday.


Wednesday, Oct. 25: Officials: Senior living center removed fire debris without permit
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The Santa Rosa assisted living facility at the center of three Department of Social Services investigations over their fire evacuations is facing a new investigation by different agencies.


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

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