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Patients evacuated after blaze

Patients having operations were evacuated after a major fire ripped through part of a hospital.

The blaze at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Hampshire, started in an MRI and CT scanner building at about 4pm.

The building was away from the main wards of the hospital, but several departments were evacuated.

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."

Ten fire engines and three vehicles with several aerial ladder platforms fought the "serious fire", Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Hampshire Police told motorists to avoid the area of the hospital as the fire caused gridlock in the city at rush hour.

Hospitals in nearby Basingstoke and Southampton were put on standby to take patients.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


From Belfast Telegraph