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Media Release

King Edward Memorial Hospital fire extinguished
Saturday 17 April 2010 – 9:00 PM

The fire at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) has been extinguished and the 104 patients that were relocated earlier have been allowed back into the hospital.

 

The fire started in the pharmacy area in the hospital’s basement at around 4.53pm. Around 20 per cent of the area was burnt. The dollar damage is estimated to be $100 thousand.

 

Patients were relocated to the Tom Dadour Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital.

 

Twenty four career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters from seven stations got the fire under control within around 10 minutes.

 

More than 30 FESA State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and two FESA staff are currently assisting KEMP staff do an impact assessment. SES volunteers have also helped the Salvation Army deliver meals to patients.

 

WA Police and St John Ambulance have also assisted with this incident.

 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by FESA’s Fire Investigation Officer.

 

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