Nova Scotia

Small fire at Dartmouth General Hospital controlled quickly

Patients congregated in the hospital's cafeteria late afternoon Tuesday after a small fire broke in a back stairwell.

Cause of fire unknown; Nova Scotia Health Authority says it happened in a back stairwell

Firefighters were able to knock down a small fire at the Dartmouth General Hospital late Tuesday afternoon.

It started in a back stairwell of the facility, the Nova Scotia Health Authority said in an email.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency said it was notified about the fire at about 4:22 p.m.

Some smoke spread through the building, Halifax Fire said. 

Patients gathered in common areas temporarily, but were able to go back to units a short time later.

No external evacuation was necessary, the health authority said.

Halifax Fire said the fire was brought under control fairly quickly.