Food cart fire forces patient evacuation at Scarborough hospital

A number of patients at a Scarborough-area hospital were briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after a small fire sent heavy smoke drifting through the building.

The blaze broke out on a food cart located on the third floor of Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Centenary’s Emergency department is open, but the hospital on is asking people to avoid visiting the building on Nielson and Ellesmere roads “with any non-urgent needs at this time.”

Patients safe after fire at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital Centenary

Deputy Toronto Fire Chief Jim Jessop said the first crew on scene was met with significant, heavy, dense smoke in a portion of the hospital.

The fire started in a clinical unit in the third floor of the Margaret Birch Wing, so following emergency protocol, the hospital evacuated the third floor as well as the second and fourth floors.

The call was immediately elevated to a third alarm to make sure we had sufficient staff attend to assist hospital staff in the evacuation of a number of patients on the third, fourth and second floor, directly above and below the fire, Jessop told CP24.

Patients from the floor, moved at first to to “a safe holding area,” will be relocated to other areas of the hospital, the release said.

Firefighters and hospital staffed safely evacuated an unspecified number of patients from the hospital.

The hospital said all patients and staff were “safe and accounted for” and affected patients’ families were being contacted.

Video from the CTV News Toronto Chopper showed patients lying in hospital beds lined up on a sidewalk outside the facility. Others sat in chairs, draped in white sheets, while they awaited the all-clear to reenter.

Three floors of the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s Centenary site were evacuated during a fire in the building Wednesday morning.

Were very, very fortunate that weve had no injuries, he said. That really goes to the training of both the hospital staff and certainly the work done by the women and men of Toronto Fire.

In a statement, the hospital confirmed that all patients and staff were safe and accounted for but that the third floor Margaret Birch Wing (MBW) has been closed while they assess the damage.

Patients from the third floor MBW were initially moved to a safe holding area where they could continue to be well cared for. These patients will now be relocated to other areas of the hospital, the statement reads. Hospital staff are contacting affected patients families and emergency contacts.

Jessop said its way too early to comment on what may have caused the food cart to catch fire.

Well let the investigators do their job and certainly well be sharing any lessons learned with the hospital to avoid any potential reoccurrence, he said.

Patients and staff at a Scarborough hospital wait outside the building after a fire forced an evacuation on September 19, 2018.

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A number of patients at a Scarborough-area hospital were briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after a small fire sent heavy smoke drifting through the building.

The blaze broke out on a food cart located on the third floor of Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Deputy Toronto Fire Chief Jim Jessop said the first crew on scene was met with significant, heavy, dense smoke in a portion of the hospital.

The call was immediately elevated to a third alarm to make sure we had sufficient staff attend to assist hospital staff in the evacuation of a number of patients on the third, fourth and second floor, directly above and below the fire, Jessop told CP24.

Firefighters and hospital staffed safely evacuated an unspecified number of patients from the hospital.

Video from the CTV News Toronto Chopper showed patients lying in hospital beds lined up on a sidewalk outside the facility. Others sat in chairs, draped in white sheets, while they awaited the all-clear to reenter.

Were very, very fortunate that weve had no injuries, he said. That really goes to the training of both the hospital staff and certainly the work done by the women and men of Toronto Fire.

In a statement, the hospital confirmed that all patients and staff were safe and accounted for but that the third floor Margaret Birch Wing (MBW) has been closed while they assess the damage.

Patients from the third floor MBW were initially moved to a safe holding area where they could continue to be well cared for. These patients will now be relocated to other areas of the hospital, the statement reads. Hospital staff are contacting affected patients families and emergency contacts.

Jessop said its way too early to comment on what may have caused the food cart to catch fire.

Well let the investigators do their job and certainly well be sharing any lessons learned with the hospital to avoid any potential reoccurrence, he said.

Patients and staff at a Scarborough hospital wait outside the building after a fire forced an evacuation on September 19, 2018.