Park Haven Nursing Home closed its doors Friday.
The state was in the process of revoking Park Haven’s license after a methamphetamine fire earlier this month killed one man and injured six others, Ohio Department of Health officials said last week.
Community Care Ambulance transported the facility’s 33 residents to other area nursing homes, including Carrington Park in Ashtabula and Lake Pointe Nursing Center in Conneaut, sources said.
The owner of the facility, Beatrice Knowlson of Ashtabula, could not be reached for comment.
No one answered the phone or the door late Friday afternoon at Park Haven. There were no vehicles in the parking lot.
The Council on Aging reported the facility planned to be shut down before the end of the month.
According to the website www.manta.com, more than 50 employees will lose their jobs with the facility’s closure.
To add to the nursing home’s troubles, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services had threatened to end its Medicaid provider agreement with Park Haven. The facility had 30 days to request a hearing with the agency, officials said.
Before the meth lab fire on March 4, Park Haven housed 39 residents in 31 rooms with most living on the first floor. The fire occurred on the second floor, according to the ODH report.
The Ashtabula Fire Department determined that the fire was the result of the explosion of an illegal one-bottle, “shake and bake” meth lab operation evidently conducted by the fire victim, a non-resident, according to the ODH report.
The Ashtabula police also investigated the incident.
Park Haven residents were evacuated from the building when the fire broke out at 8:37 p.m. March 4, and the fire was quickly extinguished, according to the firefighter’s report. Late that night, the fire chief cleared the structure for re-entry but one room and a hallway was heavily damaged, the report said.
One non-resident individual died of his injuries March 5.
The Health Assessment Section in the Bureau of Environmental Health, Ohio Department of Health, was advised of the situation March 6, according to the ODH.
Several investigations and tests of the indoor environment followed, according to ODH.
No short-term or long-term public health hazard to residents or staff was found, according to the report.
Inspectors did uncover several other deficiencies, including failure to provide: smoke barriers, written plans for emergencies, no call buttons to nurses’ stations, curtains for privacy, proper beds for all residents and at least one window in every bedroom.
The ODH officials also noted in the survey that the east wing’s dining room ceiling was damaged from the meth lab fire and needed to be closed off and repaired before it could be open for dining.
Shortly after the fire, a handful of residents were moved out because of fire damage at Park Haven.