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Unsupervised Smoker at Woodbury Villa Causes Death in Fire

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Woodbury Villa, an assisted living facility in Woodbury, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that neglect of supervision occurred when a fire in the building resulted in a death of a client and a serious injury to two other clients.

The MDH investigated the matter and found that neglect of supervision occurred when the facility failed to protect the safety of the clients that received services from the licensee, when the licensee was aware that Client #1 continued to smoke cigarettes unsafely in the building and/or his apartment for approximately one year. A fire in Client #1’s apartment occurred and the client died as a result of the fire. Client #2 and Client #3 were transferred to the hospital for evaluation of smoke inhalation and were treated and released that day.

The MDH determined that the facility is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.  [Case no. #HL21870004]

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