Update: Trust says patients at Grantham Hospital were in ‘no imminent danger’ during blaze

Smoke could be seen coming from Grantham Hospital earlier today. Photo sent in by Gail Barker.
Smoke could be seen coming from Grantham Hospital earlier today. Photo sent in by Gail Barker.
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Patients were in “no imminent danger” during a major fire at Grantham Hospital yesterday (Sunday), says the hospital’s trust.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has released a statement following the blaze yesterday evening in the boiler house, which was reported to the emergency services at around 6pm.

It reads: “There was no imminent danger to patients, staff or visitors at any time throughout the fire situation.

“During the fire parts of the site did not have cold water, but cold water was restored to the site by 11pm. The boiler is unfortunately now non-functional and therefore large parts of the site are without hot water. We are bringing portable boilers to the site and expect a normal hot water supply to resume from Wednesday at the latest.

“However, we have hot water to other parts of the hospital and are making arrangements for washing and bathing our in-patients.

“Apart from some disruption to some of today’s theatre cases we do not expect any further problems with all services working as normal from tomorrow.”

Fire crews from Grantham, Brant Broughton, Corby Glen, Sleaford, Billingborough, Stamford, Lincoln South and Market Rasen attended the fire. Flames were extinguished by 9pm.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has reported damage by fire, heat and smoke to a first floor workshop, fire damage to pipes and lagging on the ground, first, second, third and fourth floors, and light fire damage to contents on the second floor.

The electrical fault is believed to have occurred on the first floor.