World news – GB – Queen Elizabeth University Hospital LIVE as site evacuated amid reports of fire

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Footage online showed patients and staff outside the building alongside emergency services after they were called to the scene this morning

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow has been evacuated over reports of a fire on site.

Footage online showed patients and staff outside the building alongside emergency services after they were called to the scene this morning, Wednesday September 16.

It is believed the suspected blaze broke out on the ground floor of the main building. The entire floor is said to have been evacuated. 

A number of fire fighters can be seen attending the incident, with the front of the site taped off from the public.

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde said: “This morning at around 9:20am our security teams provided an immediate response to a fire alarm at the QEUH and extinguished a small fire outside of the main building.

“Thanks to our established fire safety protocols and the quick response of our team, there were no injuries and the fire was quickly extinguished.

“While the fire service completes necessary follow up assessments and safety checks, a number patients and staff have been temporarily evacuated from the building.”

It is understood the fire was extinguished relatively quickly by security guards and the fire service are currently carrying out safety checks before allowing people back into the building.

The ground floor of the £845 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital was evacuated after a fire in one of the shops.

A source said: “For once it is actually a real fire, not just someone burning the toast.

”Everyone on the ground floor was evacuated which means no-one is able to go for x-rays, or MRI or CT scans.

”There are quite a number of people standing outside and there are eight fire crews in attendance.”

However, it is understood the fire was extinguished relatively quickly by security guards and the fire service are currently carrying out safety checks before allowing people back into the building.

An eyewitness told the Daily Record there appears to be fire damage to part of the main building, with the Royal Hospital for Children through to also be affected.

He said: “I arrived for an appointment at about 9.45am. Arrived to find seven appliances on the scene. Everyone is now outside as the fire crews work on the corner of the building.

“It looks like the corner of the main building has been damaged, firefighters were pumping water onto that area.

“There was a strong smell of smoke and there still is. Everyone still outside, but they let a few NHS staff in to get coats and jackets.”

Fire crews are on the scene of the blaze which appears to have broken out on the ground floor of the hospital’s main building.

NHS staff and patients are outside the site, with the entrance to the building taped off while emergency services go about their work.



SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/world-news-gb-queen-elizabeth-university-hospital-live-as-site-evacuated-amid-reports-of-fire/?remotepost=279242

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