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Tue May 22, 2012
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Seniors Sheltered at Lipscomb Following Fire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Nashville Red Cross is providing emergency shelter for more than 170 senior citizens.

The seniors, some of them in wheel chairs, were evacuated Monday evening from a Nashville apartment tower.

WSMV-TV reports that school buses were used to take the seniors from the Parthenon Towers near Centennial Park to the student activity center at Lipscomb University.

Beth Ferguson is a spokesperson for Nashville’s Red Cross. She says sheltering seniors provides some unique challenges.

“Any special medications or medical procedures or anything like that; we’re taking all that into account. We have to make sure we’re accounting for everyone’s pets and working with local humane societies to shelter those pets as well.”

Officials say the fire didn't cause major damage, but the fire alarm system was damaged and failed to sound.

There's no word at present on when the seniors might be able to return their homes.