Nova Scotia

Small fire at Cape Breton Regional Hospital prompts patient move

Eighteen patients along with hospital staff are safe following a small fire in a section of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Sunday.

No serious injuries, says hospital spokeswoman Lynn Gilbert

There were no serious injuries but some of the 18 patients are being treated for smoke inhalation. (CBC)

Eighteen patients along with hospital staff are safe following a small fire in a section of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Sunday.

At about 11:30 a.m. a fire broke out on the ground floor in Unit 1-B, according to hospital spokeswoman Lynn Gilbert. That is one of the hospital's mental health units.

There were no serious injuries, said Gilbert, noting that some of the 18 patients are being treated for smoke inhalation.

"It was a smooth process. The patients have been relocated to other units within the building. The staff did a great job," Gilbert said.

She added that the fire was confined to a small area, but it did cause some smoke damage to the unit.

Gilbert said clean-up efforts will take about a week to complete.

The fire is being investigated by the fire marshal's office.

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