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Crawley hospital on fire
2:55pm Tuesday 28th August 2012 in News
UPDATE: Hundreds of patients, doctors and nurses had to be evacuated when a fire broke out at a hospital.
Fire crews were called to Crawley Hospital at 1.35pm today after reports of a blaze in a sixth-floor store room.
Ten fire engines from across Sussex rushed to the building in West Green Drive, where smoke was pouring from a window.
The whole building was evacuated apart from the operating theatre on the third floor.
Streets outside the hospital were crammed with patients in wheelchairs alongside doctors and nurses in full medical gear.
By 4pm firefighters were helping the evacuated people back inside the building.
An NHS spokeswoman said: “Our priority in circumstances like this is the safety of our patients and the staff that work at the hospital, and so we worked quickly to ensure everyone was safe and being supported.
“The majority of services were resumed, and we are working to ensure that any disruption to patients is kept to a minimum.”