Oakridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Memory Center
1700 Midway Road
Incident Date: 6/18/2020
Incident Time: 3:50pm
On Thursday, June 18th at approximately 3:50pm, Oakridge Gardens experienced a significant fire that was contained on the Rehab-West unit. The facility emergency preparedness and evacuation procedure was immediately initiated. All residents and staff were safely evacuated from the building within 15 minutes thanks to the quick efforts from our staff. We can’t thank our team enough for their heroic response! Residents were then able to be transferred to Regeneration Hmong Ministry next door to the facility where they were provided with shelter, food and water. EMTs on scene were able to ensure the health and safety of all residents and staff. There are no known injuries to residents or staff at this time. The investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of fire.
All residents were safely transferred to four other great skilled nursing facilities in the area: St. Paul Elder Services, Peabody Manor, Cherry Meadows and Brewster Village. The response from each facility and their team was a big part of the success of ensuring the safety of each resident’s transition. Each of these facilities continue to provide excellent care and support to our residents at this time. Oakridge Gardens staff will also be on-site to collaborate and provide care for our residents. We can’t thank these providers enough for all of their support over the last 24 hours! It means the world to us!
Due to the significant smoke and water damage that occurred throughout the facility, we are not able to release any resident or staff belongings at this time. We have contracted ServiceMaster to assess damage and assist in all of the restoration needs. While we have received a number of donations from community members, we respectfully ask for you to hold these items at this time while we evaluate what is needed.
Right now, there is no estimate on when Oakridge Gardens will return to full operation. We will continue to work closely with our local Fox Crossing Fire Dept. and state agencies to regain permits to reopen.
We are so grateful to be a part of such an incredible community! We want to thank all of the local Fire Fighters, Police Officers, EMTs, Festival Foods, Kwik Trip, Salvation Army, CERT, transportation companies, Oakridge Gardens’ neighbors, and many, many others who showed up to care for and support our residents and team. Please continue to keep everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers.