Sterling House management: Help available for local employees after July 4 blaze

Cleanup, and the assessment process, both continue at Sterling House after the devastating Fourth of July fire.

As Brookdale, the Sterling House parent company, continues its assessment of whether to rebuild locally, it continues working with employees as they determine their future paths. Spokesperson Kristin Puckett has not commented on whether all local employees have been offered a chance to keep their current jobs or positions elsewhere in the company, but she says resources from a special assistance program are available for those affected. Puckett has not said what assistance is available or how many employees were working at the Emporia facility at the time of the fire.

Meanwhile, ventilators have been removing both excess liquid and smoke smell after fire destroyed most of the south wing on the Fourth of July, a blaze that started when an employee picked up fireworks debris, put the materials in a plastic bin and then placed the bin against a wall after a short fireworks show that night. Restoration crews have hauled off a lot of debris, furniture and other items since they began their work in earnest Monday.

Brookdale operates over 600 assisted living facilities nationwide, including 23 in Kansas.

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