DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The cause of a fire, which broke out on the roof of Lakeridge Health Port Perry hospital, the evening of Friday, August 25th, has been determined to be construction-related.
The fire started around 7:15 p.m., forcing the evacuation of all patients to other Lakeridge Health hospitals. Township firefighters were assisted by those from the Township of Uxbridge and the City of Oshawa. No injuries were reported.
According to a press release from the Township of Scugog, Fire Chief Mark Berney met with an official from the Office of the Fire Marshal Emergency Management and Fire Investigation unit early on Saturday, August 26th.
“The origin and cause was determined to be a hot tar roofing application process that ignited nearby insulation,” Chief Berney said, in the press release.
The Chief estimates the fire, smoke and water damages to be about $10 million.
Lakeridge Health, in a statement, praised all of those who were involved in the fire response.
“We would like to thank Lakeridge Health Port Perry staff, the Scugog Fire Department, Durham Regional Police, Durham Regional EMS, and Port Perry Medical Associates for their quick response to ensure patient safety.”
The Ministry of Labour, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority will be completing their own reviews of the incident.
As of press time, the hospital remains closed. Lakeridge Health is still in the process of finding out what the timeline will be to restore and reopen the hospital.
“Lakeridge Health is committed to restoring and re-opening the hospital as soon as possible. During the time of closure, we will extend capacity at other acute care hospitals within our network, to help alleviate patient volumes,” Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO, said in a press release from Lakeridge Health.
The majority of surgical and diagnostic imaging procedures, in the meantime, will be done at the Oshawa and Bowmanville hospitals, and, if necessary, Lakeridge Health will make use of additional capacity at the Ajax-Pickering Hospital.
“New Life Centre expectant moms are asked to discuss their birth plan with their doctor. While all hospital-based care and deliveries will be provided at the Oshawa Hospital,” read the press release.
As well, an information line will be set up for patients, families and Health Service Partners, for quick access to information. The line is expected to be monitored by staff, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Lakeridge Health will have more information on how to reach the line, when it is set up, at www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca.
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