The emergency department at Burnaby Hospital has re-opened to patients who can return to their homes, after a blaze on Sunday night impacted several areas of the hospital.
In a prepared statement released Monday night, officials said patients who require general admission to the hospital will continue to be transported to neighbouring hospitals with the support of hospital transports and B.C Emergency Health Services – while the ER is open to people who can leave after treatment.
Officials said that while it was previously reported that the source of the fire was electrical, authorities are now unsure.
No injuries were reported.
The blaze broke out late Sunday in the hospital’s Cascade Building which houses the hospital’s mental health and substance-use services, a kitchen and the Burnaby Hospital Foundation offices.
Patients and staff in an adjacent building were evacuated as a precaution and were huddled in the parking lot while firefighters battled the flames.
They were later permitted to re-enter the hospital, though some patients have been moved to a different ward while cleanup continues.
Can’t thank @IAFF323 Burnaby Firefighters enough tonight! The fire @ Burnaby Hospital was in the building where our offices are. I was overwhelmed with the # of firefighters & trucks when I arrived! And to hear all the patients were safe & the fire out was a huge relief! 1/2
— Kristy James (@kristygilljames) November 16, 2020