Fire at Croydon hospital forces 100 people to evacuate from emergency room

The front of Croydon University Hospital is pictured in south London on December 5, 2020, where the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to the area. - The UK has pre-ordered a total of 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and is expected to receive an initial batch of 800,000 to boost Tuesday's launch. Residents of aged care homes and their carers will be the very first, followed by those over 80 and health and care workers on the front lines. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/POOL/AFP) (Photo by GARETH FULLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Croydon University Hospital said 80 patients had been evacuated to other parts of the hospital (Image: Getty Images)

A fire at a southern hospital London has resulted in 80 people being evacuated from accidents and emergencies.

Croydon University Hospital said patients had been moved to other parts of the hospital to continue their treatment after the fire broke out around 3pm.

The Daily Mirror reported that a room on the ground floor of the hospital was “100 per cent destroyed” by the fire.

The hospital said its emergency room will remain closed “temporarily” and urged people in the local community to call 111 if they need urgent help so they can be directed to the nearest services.

A statement said: “Our staff and London Fire Brigade responded quickly to the alarm, which went off at 2:58pm.

“A total of 80 patients were safely evacuated from the emergency room to continue their treatment in other parts of the hospital and we have discharged those patients who are well enough to go home.”

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