Firefighters tackle hospital blaze

12 Dec 2011

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a hospital in Hampshire.

Patients were evacuated when the fire broke out in an MRI and CT scanner room at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said that the blaze - which struck away from the wards - was tackled by 10 fire crews.

However investigators have not yet found why the fire broke out.

Dr Chris Gordon, acting chief executive of the trust that runs the hospital, told the Southern Daily Echo: "We have evacuated the X-ray department, accident and emergency and five operating theatres and the intensive care units.

"There was surgery going on at the time and those patients have also had to be evacuated.

"As far as I know no-one has been injured and no-one has come to harm as a consequence of that evacuation."

© Press Association 2011

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