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Hospital's utility shaft catches fire


SAFETY MEASURE: 100 patients of Sarawak General Hospital evacuated

KUCHING: FIRE at the main utility shaft of Sarawak General Hospital's main wing forced more than 100 patients to be evacuated.

The 8.15pm fire saw smoke entering the utility shaft, which carried oxygen and hot water, and eventually spreading to other wards of the hospital, right up to the seventh floor.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue director Nor Hisham Mohammad said the fire began near a compressor unit in the middle of the utility tunnel, which is linked to the compressor room of the hospital.

"It is too early to ascertain the cause of the fire.

"It was difficult for my men to enter the shaft as there was no access to it," Nor Hisham said.

The department dispatched a 39-men team from Tabuan Jaya, Batu Lintang and Padungan stations, which includes a Hazmat (Hazardous Material) unit to the scene.

They managed to contain the fire. At press time, patients were allowed to return to their wards in stages.

No injuries or casualties are reported in the incident.

Firemen spraying water into Sarawak General Hospital’s main utility shaft to put out the fire yesterday. Pix by Nadim Bokhari

Hospital staff evacuating patients yesterday.

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