Smoke was seen pouring out of a building at Watford General Hospital as firefighters worked to tackle a blaze this afternoon (June 22).
At around 2.15pm, firefighters were called to the hospital to extinguish what is believed to be an electrical fire in the basement.
Four fire engines attended to tackle the fire, which was extinguished by 3.40pm.
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue said: “Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called at 2.17pm this afternoon to reports of fire in the basement of a building at Watford General Hospital. Four fire engines from Watford, Garston and Rickmansworth fire stations were sent to the scene, where crews discovered a well-developed fire in an electrical panel in a basement. Firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled the fire and had successfully extinguished it by 3.40pm. Fire crews remain at the scene to ventilate smoke and liaise with the hospital staff.”
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police said: “Police are currently assisting at the scene of a fire at Watford General Hospital. Road closures are in place and people are asked to please avoid the area at this time.”
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said that he is thankful no one has been seriously injured.
He said: “Very grateful to the emergency services for responding so quickly to the fire at Watford General today. I’m so pleased that nobody has been seriously injured, but A&E is closed to ambulances at the moment.”
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