Elderly patient dies in Edinburgh hospital fire

The Royal Victoria Building at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, where an elderly woman has died following a fire in a room in one of the wards. Picture: Hemedia
The Royal Victoria Building at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, where an elderly woman has died following a fire in a room in one of the wards. Picture: Hemedia
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A WOMAN has died following a fire at an Edinburgh hospital. Fire crews were called to the Royal Victoria Building at Western General Hospital at 2.28am.

They helped staff evacuate 14 patients from the affected ward to another area of the hospital.

Police said that a 75-year-old woman died as a result of the fire.

A police spokesman said: “Investigations are at an early stage following the death of a 75-year-old woman at the Western General Hospital.

“Officers attended after reports were received of a small fire in a room in one of the wards.”

Firefighters had the blaze under control by 4.44am. No one else was injured.

Police and the fire service will carry out an investigation to establish the cause of the blaze.

The hospital is the same one where a patient was tested for Ebola yesterday after returning from West Africa. The patient tested negative.

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