JFK's death overshadowed Ohio nursing home fire

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Associated Press

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 3:04 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A nursing home fire that killed 63 people in Ohio 50 years ago is largely forgotten — and went barely noticed at the time — because it came just hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Many of those who died at the Golden Age Nursing Home outside the northern Ohio village of Fitchville were restrained to their beds or trapped behind wheelchairs too wide for the exits.

It remains one of the worst nursing home fires in U.S. history. Investigators blamed faulty wiring and found that the nursing home didn't have an evacuation plan.

The fire and a string of other nursing home fires in the 1960s brought about better federal and state oversight and safety regulations for nursing homes.

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