Nobody hurt in fire at Abilene hospital, patients moved

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ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Officials say nobody has been hurt in a fire at a West Texas hospital that forced more than 60 patients on three floors to be moved to other parts of the facility.

The Abilene Fire Department says the fire was reported around 2 a.m. Saturday at Hendrick Medical Center. Lt. Mike Miller says fire crews quickly put out the blaze, which was later linked to smoldering wood from roof repairs.

Hendrick Medical Center, according to its website, has 522 beds and more than 3,000 employees.

A hospital statement says 63 patients and about two dozen staffers were moved to safe areas. The Parker Wing sustained fire, smoke and water damage. Officials didn't immediately provide a damage estimate amid the cleanup.

The statement says no internal health care services were affected.



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