SEGAMAT: A total of 61 patients warded at Hospital Segamat were evacuated after a fire broke out at a storeroom in the hospital compound on Tuesday.
Hospital staff on duty took quick action and put out the fire, ensuring the safety of the patients in the 5.15pm incident.
Johor health, environment, education and information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said he was waiting for a detailed report from the Fire and Rescue Department to find out the cause of the fire and the damage incurred.
"The fire is not too serious as it was extinguished within minutes while the patients have been transferred to the hospital's lobby area as a precaution.
"The hospital crisis management did well as the staff were able to transfer the patients within a short time," he said.
Ayub also urged the public not to make any speculation on the matter and leave it to the Fire and Rescue Department's forensic unit to carry out a thorough investigation.
Bandar Putra Fire and Rescue Station operation chief Mohd Aizad Mamat said the storeroom was used for bed sheets.
"The room only suffered about minor damage as the fire was put out by the hospital's staff and security team," he said.
He added that the Department received a distress call at around 5.34pm and arrived at the scene with a fire engine and four firemen some six minutes later.
"We are still investigating the cause of the fire as well as the cost of damage," he said, adding that no one was injured.
In October last year, a fire broke out at the ICU wing of Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) in Johor Baru, which claimed the lives of six patients and injured 11 people.
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