Nursing home fires
Fire engulfs man smoking in wheelchair
A partially paralyzed resident of a Des Moines nursing home burned to death Tuesday when
flames erupted as he smoked a cigarette in his wheelchair on the facility's patio.
Fire officials say an oxygen canister mounted on the rear of George R. Baker Jr.'s wheelchair
might have caught fire. Fire officials and state nursing-home regulators said they would
investigate the incident at CLC University, 233 University Ave.