Hospital fire under control

A fire at Latrobe Regional Hospital consulting rooms is now under control.

Ten CFA crews, including the large ladder platform truck responded to the fire.

The main hospital building was not affected by fire.

Fifty people were evacuated.

An LRH spokesperson said about 2.30pm this afternoon smoke was detected in the ceiling of consulting suites 8-11.

“All members of the public and staff were evacuated before CFA crews arrived at the scene,” the spokesperson said.

“No-one was injured in the incident.”

“Staff from the consulting suites will be temporarily accommodated within the hospital.

“Arrangements are being made for patients with appointments from Friday onwards.”

The suites housed specialist doctors, paediatricians, clinical and administrative staff.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

There is a significant amount of black smoke in the area and visibility on the Princes Highway and Airfield Road may be reduced, and authorities are advising motorists to slow down and use vehicle headlights, or avoid the area if possible.

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