North Charleston assisted living facility residents remain displaced

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – For the second straight night, 117 residents of White Oak Manor Assisted Living Center are displaced from their home. A Saturday afternoon fire started in a linen closet, forcing residents to be evacuated.

Sunday, it was the water used to put the fire out that stalled residents from returning.

"Today has been more or less a clean up day," says President of White Oak Management Doug Cecil. "In essence the fire was very minimal and the problem the facility is having is cleaning up the excessive amount of water."

Cecil says water from the sprinkler system and the gallons pumped into the building by the Fire Department is what his staff has been cleaning all day.

"It's frustrating it's taking this long but I assure you they've been working endless hours and they've been doing great," says Cecil.

Cecil says in the morning the Department of Health will inspect the sprinkler system in the building to make sure it's operational again. The President says he hopes that go ahead will be given before noon. Then the process of moving residents back will begin in the afternoon.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started in the linen closet.

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