Jacksonville hospital evacuates 77 patients after an air handler sparks a fire

January 11, 2019

Patients including newborn babies were temporarily evacuated as a when a small fire broke out at Baptist Medical Center in downtown Jacksonville, Fla., according to an article on The Florida Times-Union website.

No injuries were reported in the fire quickly contained by the hospital’s sprinkler system then put out by Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Fire officials determined an air handler apparently sparked the fire shortly before 8:30 p.m. just inside the medical center’s 18-story pavilion.

The hospitals aid said as a precaution against smoke, they relocated babies and mothers, staff and visitors from the pavilion to another hospital building.

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