Nearly 60 residents had to be removed from a Tecumseh long-term care facility Wednesday night.

The Brouillette Manor nursing home in Tecumseh was evacuated when a water pipe burst and some ceiling tiles collapsed around 5 p.m.

Vulnerable people were whisked through the cold, under cover of blankets, to waiting ambulances.

Emergency crews first took residents to the nearby branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Family members were contacted and some residents were given lodging at other area nursing homes.

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor provided assistance to some of the patients.

Eighteen residents were brought to the hospital. Seventeen of them are long-term care residents; one is a palliative care patient. 

The 40 other residents were taken to various other nursing homes in the region.

No one was hurt.

"We're very relieved that no staff were in danger and the residents weren't in any danger. So that was my biggest concern," said Shona Outridge, director of operations at Brouillette Manor.

"When you have ice in and snow on the ground, you always have to be really careful. Most of them were assisted. We do have a large amount of wheelchair patients who were brought in. They were assisted by Red Cross, staff and fire and OPP," Tecumseh fire chief Doug Pitre said.

Damage is still being assessed at Brouillette Manor.