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Electrical device may have caused fire that caused partial evacuation of hospital

Investigations are now under way into the cause of the fire, which led to the evacuation of fourteen patients from the facility last night.

University Hospital Limerick
University Hospital Limerick
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IT’S THOUGHT AN electrical device in the plant room of University Hospital Limerick may have caused last evening’s fire which let to the evacuation of fourteen people from the facility.

The fire started after 6pm yesterday, and part of the main building was evacuated after smoke began billowing from the room. It’s believed the fire sparked off from an uninterruptible power supply, a hospital spokesperson told TheJournal.ie.

All the windows and doors on the floor were opened, and three units of the Limerick City Fire Service attended the scene along with gardaí.

The scene was declared safe after around two and a half hours. No-one was injured.

Further inspections of the room where the fire broke out are taking place this morning as investigations into the cause get under way, the hospital spokesman said.

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