Time Incident Posted: 19:44

Incident Date: 26/07/2019

Incident Location: Balmoral Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary square, Leicester

Incident Number: 12086

Incident Type: Hospital fire

Initial Emergency Call Received: 18:00

Fire and Rescue Service Vehicles Attended: 6 appliances & command support vehicle

Officer(s) in Charge of Incident: Station Manager

Time Incident Closed: 22:00


Believed Cause: believed to be an overheated commercial refrigerator

Initial Information: The initial emergency call was received just before 18:00 reporting a fire on the 5th floor of the Leicester Royal Infirmary's Balmoral building. a total of 6 fire engines and 1 command vehicle were mobilised from across the city.

Updated Incident Information: On arrival, Fire crews quickly confirmed the fire was located on the 5th floor. This is believed to be an industrial fridge involved, Fire Fighters wearing breathing apparatus and using 2 main jets tackled the blaze.

The incident required the evacuation of over 100 people (including patients) from smoke affected areas of the building. The evacuation was carried out by Fire service personnel with the assistance of medical staff, Leicestershire Police and onsite security staff.

At 18:36, confirmation was received that the fire was extinguished, Fire Crews continuing to damp down and clear smoke from the affected areas of the hospital.

The extent of the damage has not yet been confirmed however, it has been confirmed that the spread of fire has been limited to the room of origin, and as a result operations are now in progress to reopen the affected wards. Access to the Balmoral Building was restricted for a period of time during this incident however, this has now reopened and full access is now available.

The incident has now been reduced to 4 fire appliances, these 4 appliances remain on scene making up equipment and assisting Hospital staff with the clear up to allow full hospital operations to resume ASAP.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service would like to commend the work of our Fire Fighters, Leicestershire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Medical staff and the onsite security staff for a successful multi agency incident. The hard work and professionalism of all personnel involved in this incident has resulted in a swift and successful conclusion

Fire service operations have now been completed, Fire investigation has been completed. Cause of fire is believed to be an overheated refrigerator. incident has been left with responsible site personnel.

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