ERIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — An investigation is underway after a fire Friday morning at a Houston County nursing home.

The fire began at Signature Healthcare, located on Rocky Hollow Road, around 5 a.m. One patient was taken to a Nashville hospital with critical injuries and later died. In addition, 16 patients were treated by first responders or evaluated for smoke inhalation.

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The Houston County Sheriff’s Department reported between 30 to 35 residents are being evacuated from the facility to the gymnasium at Erin Elementary School. Fifteen to 20 residents are in wheelchairs and Houston County Schools are providing special buses to move the patients. Residents in the non-damaged portion of the facility are able to remain on the premises until they are able to be moved to a sister facility.

Sheriff Sugg reported some emergency personnel responding to the fire also required treatment, possibly for smoke inhalation.

The fire was contained to western end of building, according to the sheriff’s department and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been called to assist with the investigation.

The Houston County Fire Department asked the public to avoid the area if possible.

No additional information was immediately released.

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