Fire Officers praised after Soufriere Hospital Fire

Services have been suspended at Soufriere Hospital following an early morning fire Thursday.

Authorities say the fire occurred at approximately 3:14am and was confined to the Hospital’s Medical Records room.

Pictures obtained by St Lucia Times showed burnt documents and furniture in the building.

Quick action by fire officers ensured that the fire did not spread to other parts of the hospital, said David Nelson, Acting Station Officer in Charge of Soufriere Fire Station.

Nelson added that firemen two just two minutes to bring the blaze under control. The cause of the blaze is still unclear.

The Ministry of Health says all patients were evacuated from the hospital when the fire broke out.

Nobody was injured, officials say, adding that patients were treated and discharged during the incident.

Smoke was spread to other clinical areas of the hospital resulting in services being relocated to Etangs Wellness Centre, according to Dr Sharon Belmar-George, Medical Officer of Health in the Ministry of Health.

“We have also extended the hours at the Etangs Wellness Centre to ensure 24 hour access to care. So effective immediately, the Etangs Wellness Centre is open 24 hours to ensure care and services for the persons of the Soufriere area and the environs,” Belmar-George added.

The Royal St Lucia Police Force has taken control of Soufriere Hospital as investigations get underway into the cause of the fire.

Health authorities have appealed for the patience of the public as they work to have the hospital reopened.

1 Comment

  1. Patriotic
    November 10, 2017 at 11:30 am Reply

    Bravo to the Soufriere Fire Service who received high praise on this occasion.
    Did some pyromaniac start the Soufriere Hospital fire on 9-11 (November 9) to create some tragic history? Is it a strange coincidence that the St. Jude’s Hospital Fire occurred on September 9, 2009 (9-9-09) or 9-9-9 if you prefer? Could it be that there is a pyromaniac at work in the medical sector who targets hospitals on certain days? Investigate, investigate, investigate and follow all clues please.

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