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Wesley Medical Center ER fully operational after patients sets fire

A patient set fire to a room at Wesley Medical Center on Nov. 12 leading the emergency room to...
A patient set fire to a room at Wesley Medical Center on Nov. 12 leading the emergency room to be evacuated. No one was hurt.(KWCH)
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 4:58 PM CST
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(KWCH) - Update: Wesley Medical Center says its South Emergency Department is now fully operational. The area was evacuated on Thursday after a patient started a fire in one of the rooms.

Wesley still had two other emergency departments that were available to treat patients throughout the closure.

The fire was isolated to a single room within the emergency department. A nurse who is a former firefighter put out before it was able to spread outside the room.

The fire destroyed a computer cabinet. No one was hurt.

A fire forced Wesley Medical Center to evacuate one of its emergency departments Thursday afternoon.

The hospital said around 3:15 p.m., a patient set fire to a room in the emergency room. Everyone in the affected department was moved to other locations. A triage tent was set up outside to assist those coming in for treatment.

The hospital said a nurse who is a former firefighter used an extinguisher to put out flames immediately. The Wichita Fire Department gave the all-clear to go back in. The hospital is still working to clear the air and says the area should be back to normal in about two hours. No one was hurt.

Wesley’s CEO says the nurse who put out the fire saved the lives of many people by acting quickly.

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