Fire causes evacuation of wing at Chaleur Regional Hospital

Nearly 30 patients in a  wing at the Chaleur Regional Hospital had to be moved the evening of Monday, January 16th, as firefighters responded to a small blaze on the building's roof.

Chief Donald Laffoley says they got the call at around 10:30pm after security staff noticed smoke coming from the building's roof.

He says it appears as though insulation caught fire, where an expansion was being connected to the existing building, but that it was quickly extinguished and that there was no structural damage.

There were no injuries reported and patients were allowed back in the 4th West Extended Care Unit a short time later.

The Vitalite Health Network, meanwhile, says the incident did not interrupt the hospital's usual operations and that resulting damages appear to be minimal.

President and CEO Gilles Lanteigne thanks fire crews for their quick intervention and professionalism, which made it possible to minimize damages.

Lanteigne also thanks staff at the Chaleur Regional Hospital, along with patients, for their "excellent collaboration" during the incident.