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Patient suffers injuries due to smoke inhalation in Morton Plant Hospital fire

CLEARWATER — A Friday morning fire in a patient's room at Morton Plant Hospital injured one and forced 45 patients on the floor to relocate, according to the hospital.

The unidentified patient suffered injuries due to smoke inhalation and was under evaluation late Friday morning, said spokeswoman Beth Hardy. No one else was injured.

Clearwater police said the fire was started by a 67-year-old patient who used a lighter to set fire to his mattress. Police said they were still investigating whether the man will be charged.

The fire, which started on the fourth floor, forced 45 patients to move, Hardy said.

"The patients were primarily moved for their comfort," she said.

Officials reported smoke and water damage to the fourth floor and minor water damage to the third floor. Damage was estimated at about $3,000.

The building's sprinkler system quickly extinguished the fire.

Fire crews received a call about the fire at 8:16 a.m. By the time they showed up three minutes later, the fire was already out.

Patient suffers injuries due to smoke inhalation in Morton Plant Hospital fire 05/25/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 25, 2012 8:01pm]
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