King’s staff commended for safely evacuating 400 patients after dental institute fire

Katherine Johnston (14 December, 2020)

No one was injured

4604Pic: London Fire Brigade

Four hundred patients were evacuated from King’s College Hospital after a fire broke out in its dental institute last week.

The blaze started on the Denmark Hill building’s first floor roof on Wednesday, December 9, leaving part of its felting destroyed.

Operators were called at 12.46pm, with 25 firefighters and four engines racing to the scene. They had the blaze under control by 5.10pm. Fortunately the fire was prevented from spreading into the building.

London Fire Brigade staff praised the hospital’s staff for evacuating patients and staff so quickly, with no one reported as injured. Around 80 staff had also been evacuated.

Station commander Brin Powell said: “The Institute’s staff got the patients and their colleagues out of the building very quickly and they followed their procedures to do this, which kept everyone safe.”

The cause of the blaze is now under investigation.

 

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