Defibrillator highlighted in hospital fire, injuries | On Call

November 8, 2012 by MassDevice staff

A spark from a defibrillator becomes the focus of a hospital fire that killed a patient and injured 3 hospital workers.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Although not cited as a definitive cause, a defibrillator has come under focus amid investigations of a hospital fire that killed 1 patient and injured 3 workers.

Officials investigating a fire that took place at Durham Regional Hospital in North Carolina said that a spark and subsequent fire took place during a patient defibrillation Tuesday morning, Mercury News reported.

The blaze was reported around 2:15 am on Tuesday, and the hospital's sprinkler system had already extinguished the flames by the time firefighters had arrived, according to the news outlet.

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Hospital officials and fire investigators have yet to provide specifics about the incident.

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