A MINOR fire broke out at the motor room, which controls the old lift at the Outpatient Department of the RIPAS Hospital at 8.15am yesterday.
The automatic fire alarm system detected smoke and the public was urged to evacuate the building as a safety measure. The small fire was preliminary extinguished by the RIPAS Hospital management staff, assisted by contractors manning the area.
The Fire and Rescue Department was contacted at 8.36am and arrived at the scene three minutes later. The fire caused minor damages to the lift motor and could not be used until the repair work was completed. The building is safe and all clinical Outpatient services are running as normal. Outpatients with appointments resumed clinical treatment at 9.15am.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) informed the public that the RIPAS Hospital management has taken the safety aspect seriously as well as the welfare of the patients and the public.
It is MoH’s priority to take preventive measures, monitor, do surveillance and take immediate action to contain any emergency cases.