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Patient charged over fire at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Image copyright NHS GGC

A patient at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has been charged by police after a fire resulted in the evacuation of an 11th floor ward.

Fire crews were called to the £842m building at about 02:10 following reports of a room on fire.

The blaze was extinguished by the in-house sprinkler system while 17 patients from the ward were evacuated as a precaution due to smoke damage.

A 37-year-old man had been reported to prosecutors over the incident.

Smoke damage

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "Around 0210 hours on Wednesday 4 March, emergency services attended reports of a room on fire on the 11th floor at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

"The fire was extinguished by the in-house sprinkler system, however, 17 patients from the ward were evacuated as a precaution due to smoke damage.

"No one was injured and a 37-year-old man is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in connection with the incident."

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "We can confirm that a fire occurred in one of the patient rooms at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

"Police Scotland has subsequently charged a patient in connection with the incident.

"No other patients or staff were injured thanks to the swift and well rehearsed actions of our staff who very quickly moved the other patients in the ward to other areas of the hospital and alerted the fire service and police."

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