SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. – Patients on the second floor of Tug Valley ARH Medical Center located in South Williamson, Kentucky were evacuated Tuesday morning after a small fire broke out in a patient’s room.
According to Tim Cline, fire chief of Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department (TCVFD) the fire was extinguished by hospital staff before the first truck arrived.
The fire started in room 211 and was contained to that room. There was substantial smoke damage to the room and fire damage to the bedding.
Patients on the east wing of the second floor were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The patient in the room was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) and two nurses who had entered the room were taken to the hospital’s emergency room for evaluation as a precautionary measure and hospital policy according to Craig Nelson, Chief Engineer of Tug Valley ARH Medical Center.
Chief Cline said the fire department’s smoke ejector was used to ventilate the hospital’s east wing. He also commended the employees for their quick response and effectiveness during the situation.
According to Chief Cline the fire is under investigation by Nick Endicott, Kentucky State Police Fire Investigator and Kentucky State Fire Marshall, Dave Broderick. This is a mandatory procedure anytime a fire is reported at a church, school or healthcare facility.
At this time the initial cause of the fire is undetermined, however, Chief Cline did say a lighter was found in the room.
TCVFD arrived on scene within nine minutes of the initial call with two trucks and five men, they were assisted at the scene by Belfry Volunteer Fire Department, BVFD responded with two trucks and four men.
No other information on the conditions of the patient or the two employees was available at press time.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242.