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Fire Starts in Illinois Hospital

Several patients and employees at a Chicago north suburban hospital were treated for smoke related personal injuries after a fire started in a room of the hospital’s psychiatric ward. Crews responded to a small fire in a patient’s room at the Vista Health Saint Therese Medical center in Waukegan, Illinois. The fire occurred in a third-floor room of the medical center, where a mattress caught fire. The third-floor of the hospital is a locked ward. When fire crews arrived, hospital employees had partially extinguished the blaze, which filled the floor with a considerable amount of smoke. The hospital was not evacuated but employees and patients on the floor were moved to a “safer” area of the hospital while the space was cleared of smoke. Two patients were taken to a nearby hospital for smoke related personal injuries and up to eight employees were treated for personal injuries as well. While the police are investigating the cause of the fire, no personal injury lawsuits have been filed. To read the full story, click here.