Workers hurt in hospital blaze

Two contract workers were injured today after a fire broke out at a Dublin hospital.

The blaze began in the kitchen area of Tallaght hospital shortly before midday.

Patients and staff were evacuated from the area as seven units of Dublin Fire Brigade tackled the flames.

Ambulances were diverted to other hospitals as a precaution and appointments were deferred.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire in the kitchen area and no patients or hospital employees were hurt.

Two contractors on the premises were injured and taken to the emergency department for treatment.

Both are in a stable condition and their injuries are not thought to be serious.

The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are not known.

Services resumed, but a hospital spokeswoman said some planned elective procedures had to be deferred.

“Patients affected will be contacted directly by the hospital,” she said.

Provision has also been made for patients’ meals.


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