Electrical fire caused smoke in Edmonds hospital

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) - An electrical problem in a sub-basement mechanical room caused the smoke Thursday night that drifted through Swedish Medical Center-Edmonds.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 says 13 patients were transferred to other hospitals during the incident, including one woman going into labor.

Fire District spokeswoman Leslie Hynes says no one was injured and the fire was controlled in 30 minutes.

Because of the possible danger, the fire went to three alarms and firefighters from three districts responded.

There were about 120 patients in the hospital at the time, but most were able to remain in their rooms.

The fire also knocked out power to parts of the hospital, but it was able to continue to operate on emergency generators.


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