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Morning fire displaces 46 in Brenham

Morning fire displaces 46 in Brenham

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A Sunday morning fire at a Brenham assisted living facility displaced 46 elderly residents and damaged one wing of the building, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the 10 a.m. blaze at Argent Court Assisted Living, and residents were evacuated to nearby Brenham Church of Christ, Brenham firefighter Greg Nienstedt said.

"When we got there, the evacuation was already in process," he said. "We moved them outside of the building and then moved them next door to the church, just to get them out of the cool air."

One of four wings in the 15,000-square-foot building sustained extensive fire and water damage, Nienstedt said. That wing included about 10 rooms, he said.

Employees were allowed to go back into the unaffected area of the building to retrieve personal items for the occupants.

The building was deemed uninhabitable, and Argent Court residents were released to their families, officials said.

Some went home, and others were checked into Gazebo Terrace Convalescent Center, another Brenham facility, officials said.

Officials with Argent Court could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to control the blaze, but they remained at the scene for about 2 1/2 hours investigating the cause of the fire, Nienstedt said.

The investigation was ongoing Sunday night, and the cause of the fire was not known.

• Arena Welch's e-mail address is arena.welch@theeagle.com.

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