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Patients evacuated after small fire at Alfred Hospital

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04 Apr 2014
A small fire caused smoke damage on the first floor of the Alfred Hospital this morning.

The fire alarm system activated, which activated smoke doors and called the fire brigade.  Fire crews arrived on scene just after 11.30am.

A small number of patients and staff were safely moved to another area of the same floor when staff enacted evacuation procedures.  There was no need to evacuate any other areas of the hospital.

The fire was contained to one room and quickly extinguished by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

An extra crew was called to attend to assist with smoke removal from the building.

There were no reports of any injuries.  The damage is estimated to be less than $5,000.

The cause of the fire has been referred to Victoria Police for investigation.


ATTENDING  APPLIANCES:  

PUMPERS:   4 

NO. of FIREFIGHTERS:  16

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