Hospital Electrical Fire - Frenchs Forest

Published: 07 Feb 2022 02:56am

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews have helped evacuate 30 patients during an overnight electrical fire at a hospital at Frenchs Forest on Sydney's northern beaches.

Just before 3am this morning, firefighters answered an Automatic Fire Alarm at the hospital in Frenchs Forest Road.

Six fire trucks arrived to find the electrical cupboard in the emergency ward alight.

The crews quickly got to work with CO2 extinguishers and used sprinklers to douse the blaze, caused by a lithium battery recharging unit.

They helped staff and police to move the patients, 10 of them bedridden, into safe wings of the hospital.

Part of the facility has suffered serious water damage.

Firefighters mopped up the scene, allowing hospital staff to resume operations.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) for a fire emergency can be the difference between life and death, or a building or other property being saved or destroyed.

The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life-threatening or time-critical situations.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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