- A fire at Caledon Provincial Hospital saw patients evacuated from wards in the facility's west wing.
- The fire, which started on Thursday night, was doused in just over three hours.
- Only one ward was damaged, with no injuries to patients or staff reported.
An investigation has been launched into a fire which broke out at the Caledon Provincial Hospital on Thursday night.
The fire, which started at around 22:00, affected one of the wards in the hospital's west wing.
The flames were doused after three hours, said Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell.
"Overberg Fire Rescue was activated and Caledon Fire Station as well as Grabouw Fire Station backed up by Bredasdorp Fire Station responded," he said.
"The hospital staff had already executed their disaster plan and the areas closest to the fire were evacuated swiftly. The fire services were able to contain the fire to one ward only, thereby preventing further damage to the hospital. No patients or staff were injured during the incident."
According to district director for the health department in the Overberg, Wilma Kamfer, the fire was contained within minutes.
"I would like to thank the Caledon Fire and Rescue Services and Overberg Disaster Management team for their swift response to our call and containment of the fire in a matter of minutes. Thank you to the staff for remaining calm and ensuring that the patients remained safe. We reassure all the families of these patients that they are safe and continue to receive quality care."
Bredell said that by midnight, affected patients had been moved back inside the hospital and placed in unaffected wards.
"By 01:30, after extensive cooling down and opening of roof spaces, the fire was declared out and units stood down."
The cause of the fire had yet to be determined and was being investigated, Bredell added.
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