Firefighters rush to A&E ward as ‘ambulances were sent away from hospital’

A fire is believed to have broken out at the Leicester Royal Infirmary this morning, leading to NHS staff leading ambulances away from the hospital as the fire was being handled, a witness claimed

A fire broke out at Leicester Royal Infirmary (stock photo)
Fire broke out at Leicester Royal Infirmary (file photo)

Ambulances are being sent away from a hospital after a smoke was discovered in its A&E department, a witness has claimed.

Crews were called at. 08.28 to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Ambulances to the hospital are being diverted everywhere else during the emergency, according to a person on site, Leicestershire Live reported.

A spokesman for the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We have been called to the hospital after smoke was seen from one of the rooms in the A&E which we are investigating with the LRI team.”

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Smoke was seen coming out of a room in the A&E


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They later told The Mirror: “Doctors examined a smell of burning.

“It turned out to be a blown fuse in the distribution card in the pathology laboratory.”

Firefighters were still in the hospital at 9:45 a.m., but they had to stop when the problem was being treated in the house.

Leicester Hospitals have been contacted for further information.


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