A major fire has been reported at the maternity unit of University Hospital Coventry, according to reports.
Eight fire engines have rushed to the scene of the fire after it broke out in the hospital’s extractor flue, leading from a boiler room, according to the Coventry Telegraph.
The hospital is being evacuated, with patients and staff on several wards reportedly being removed from the building.
Images have emerged on social media which shows a plume of smoke billowing from the building and firefighters attempting to tackle the blaze.
— Miss Duggan (@duggan_lauren) March 7, 2018
It’s currently thought nobody has been injured as a result of the blaze.
The Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Lisa Kelly, sent a message to hospital staff:
A small fire in an outbuilding adjacent to the west wing is now under control, with fire brigade on site.
Those patients in areas affected have been moved safely to other areas. No further evacuations are needed.
Please note we are not declaring a major incident but please be aware the fire service appliances are still on site and patients may ask you questions.
Please help us by reassuring patients and staff on site and also, can you ensure all fire doors and windows are closed in line with our fire safety policy.
We will send a further update later this morning.
— Becki Eaton-Suree (@BeckiSuree) March 7, 2018
West Midlands Fire Service tweeted:
We currently have eight fire crews and a hydraulic platform in attendance at University Hospital Coventry.
There is a confirmed fire in an extractor flue from a boiler room.
A phased evacuation has taken place and no injuries are reported.
We currently have 8 fire crews and a hydraulic platform in attendance at University Hospital Coventry.
There is a confirmed fire in an extractor flue from a boiler room. A phased evacuation has taken place and no injuries are reported. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/JPZE9a9zQG
— West Midlands Fire (@WestMidsFire) March 7, 2018
A local resident, Niel Twigger, said he could hear crackling and smell fire, telling the Coventry Telegraph:
I popped outside about 9am and could hear a crackling sound so walked to the side of my garage and could see and smell the fire licking up the side of the chimneys at the side of the hospital behind the maternity unit.
We’ll have more updates on this story when any developments come through.