As ‘ambulances sent away from hospital,’ a fire team rushes to the A&E department.



A fire was believed to have broken out at Leicester Royal Infirmary this morning, leading NHS staff to divert ambulances away from the hospital as the blaze was dealt with, one witness claimed.

Ambulances are being sent away from a hospital after smoke was detected in its A&E department, a witness has claimed.

Crews were called at 8.28 am to the accident and emergency department at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Ambulances to the hospital are all being diverted elsewhere during the emergency according to one person at the scene, Leicestershire Live reported.

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We’ve been called to the infirmary after smoke was seen coming from one of the rooms of the A&E, which we are investigating with the LRI team.”


They later told The Mirror: “Medics were investigating a smell of burning.

“It turned out to be a blown fuse in the distribution board in the pathology lab.”

Fire crews were still at the hospital as of 9.45 am, but they were due to stand down as the issue was dealt with in the house.

Leicester Hospitals has been contacted for further information.

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