The state of Ohio is taking steps to revoke the license of a nursing home that had a fatal methamphetamine lab fire and was later found to be violating federal regulations, the Ohio Department of Health said Tuesday.
The March 4 fire broke out in a resident's room at Park Haven Home in Ashtabula. Shaun Warrens, 31, who police said was not a resident of the home or an employee, was killed. Four other people were hospitalized, and two were treated at the scene.
A review of the home last week cited seven violations, including failure to have a written plan to evacuate residents in an emergency, according to a report on the violations. The home was also cited for not correctly closing and latching doors and not providing proper beds for two residents.
Park Haven was notified Monday that its state license may be revoked, health department spokeswoman Tessie Pollock said. If the home is closed, representatives of several agencies would be available to help residents find other places to live, she said.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services also has told Park Haven it plans to terminate the home's Medicaid provider agreement, which is required for a facility to serve individuals enrolled in the medical insurance program. The report from last week's review indicated most of the 33 residents at Park Haven use Medicaid.
Park Haven said its administrator was not available for comment Tuesday. An attorney previously said the home would not comment.
Authorities have said an initial investigation of the fire indicated the blaze broke out in a room where someone, possibly a visitor, may have brought in what was needed to make methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant. The drug can be made in so-called mobile meth labs that consist of a large bottle and the drug's ingredients.
Police have said they expect to file charges against two men who were burned in the fire. Police Chief Robert Stell has told media that investigators believe two visitors and one Park Haven resident knew about the lab.
A federal rating system gives the nursing home one star out of five _ the lowest possible on health inspections and quality measures. Inspectors noted 11 fire safety violations in 2010 and 2011.
Park Haven was cited last year for inadequate care and more than a dozen other violations, according to state records. The facility submitted a plan of correction that said it would go over proper care policies and reporting procedures with staff.
The home has 30 days to request a hearing and challenge the state agencies' decisions.