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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stafford Hospital Fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at Stafford General Hospital shortly before 10am this morning. 

"The fire was quickly brought under control and we brought in our portable ventilation unit to help clear smoke from the area as rapidly as possible. As a result, there is minimal smoke and fire damage." 


Brian Griffiths, Fire Investigation Officer.

The fire was inside ducting in a ground floor rest area adjacent to the Accident and Emergency Department at the Weston Road hospital. 

Crews from Stafford and Stone attended and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze with a hose reel jet. Firefighters also checked the ceiling space above A&E to ensure the fire had not spread.

Fire Investigation Officer Brian Griffiths said: “On arrival, we found hospital staff had already undertaken a phased evacuation of the affected area which included A&E and an adjacent ward.

“At one point flames were shooting from the ducting through an extraction fan on the outside of the building. However, the fire was quickly brought under control and we brought in our portable ventilation unit to help clear smoke from the area as rapidly as possible. As a result, there is minimal smoke and fire damage. 

“The fire was accidental, caused by an electrical fault in the extraction fan.” 

Firefighters left the scene at 12.25pm.