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Fire breaks out at county hospital

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A fire broke out at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) last Friday, forcing the evacuation of two floors of the hospital.

Just after 2 p.m. on Oct. 7, firefighters responded to the complex at 2500 Alhambra Ave. The first and second floors of the hospital were evacuated with significant smoke detected on the second floor. Fire crews had the blaze under control within 30 minutes of responding.

While it’s unknown as of presstime what caused the fire, it is believed the fire started either in one of the hospital’s seven boilers or the boilers’ fuel lines.

No injuries were reported, however, two patients were transferred to other facilities. Several other surgery patients were moved to upper floors of the building while fire crews contained the blaze.

The emergency room was shut down Friday afternoon while crews assessed the situation,  but regular hospital services were able to resume.

No significant damage was incurred, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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