Chase Farm North London Hospital was evacuated shortly after a fire was discovered, late last night (Sunday 10th June).
Upon discovering the fire, the North London hospital promptly evacuated the unit. Patients waited outside the burning building a little before 10 pm, shortly prior to fire crews arriving.
The Chase Farm Hospital fire affected the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust unit of the hospital. Luckily the fire was extinguished before it risked spreading to further wards. A total of forty-five people including patients and staff were evacuated from the two-storey building upon being alerted of the hospital fire outbreak.
Just under 60 firefighters and eight fire engines were called to the scene to tackle the blaze, which was reported to have begun on the ground floor.
After just over two hours, the London hospital fire was successfully extinguished in the early hours of this morning, and the situation was under control by approximately 12:40 am, this morning.
Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured in the blaze. However, seven people suffering from smoke inhalation were treated by paramedics at the scene. Two of which treated were staff members, who were subsequently sent on to the main hospital for further attention.
As a result of the fire, 14 patients have been relocated due to the damage done to the wards affected. However, luckily, the alternative accommodation is on site.
Enfield Southgate MP, Bambos Charalambous thanked the London fire services and commented regarding the outbreak on his Twitter feed :
“Shocked to hear about the fire at Chase Farm Hospital. I hope everyone is safe.
“I will be contacting @RoyalFreeNHS to find out what emergency steps are in place to tackle urgent health pressures as a result of the fire”.
The North London hospital fire is now being investigated as the cause is still unknown.
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