Multiple fire, ambulance services respond to hospital fire


Fire and rescue units from Norway, Paris, Oxford, PACE, West Paris, Harrison and Bridgton were called to Stephens Memorial Hospital on Friday after smoke was detected in the building. Nine ambulance services were called in to transport patients to other medical facilities. Fire departments in Greenwood, Woodstock and Poland provided coverage for several services that were dispatched to the scene. Nicole Carter / Democratic Announcer

NORWAY – Fire and rescue teams from 10 communities responded when smoke was detected at Stephens Memorial Hospital on Friday afternoon.

According to an article published early Saturday morning on the Norwegian fire department Facebook page, the first alarm went off around 2.15 p.m.

The building was evacuated including 21 patients who were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Market Health Care Center Square in the south of Paris and at the Norway Rehabilitation Center.

PACE ambulances from SMH, Oxford Rescue, Med-Care, United Ambulance, Bethel Rescue, Stoneham Rescue, Buckfield Rescue, Turner Rescue and Fryeburg Rescue were called in to move patients to other facilities.

Firefighters used ladder trucks to gain access to the roof of Stephens Memorial Hospital after smoke was detected in the building on Saturday afternoon.

Crews were on site until the fire marshal’s office completed its investigation and cleared members of the care team to reenter the building at around 9 p.m. Due to the damage caused by the smoke, all other hospital departments remained closed.

On Monday, the public information official for the Maine Department of Public Safety told the Sun Journal that preliminary results of the Fire Marshal’s investigation showed that a short in the wiring related to recent construction was believed to be the source of the smoke. The SMH spokesperson said the hospital could not comment until it received the final report.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the special care unit was able to reopen. SMH spokeswoman Abbie Sewell said in a statement Monday that outpatient services would resume that day; she predicted that the east wing of the hospital, where one of its surgical units is located, would also be open by then.

“The family’s birthplace is still under repair,” Sewell wrote. “We hope to hear more about the reopening status early this week.

“The north wing of our medico-surgical unit is still under repair. The reopening schedule is still being evaluated and we will have more information later in the week. “

No Western Maine Health medical offices or outpatient rehabilitation services have been affected and remain fully operational.

The NFD thanked hospital staff for bringing sandwiches to the firefighters and Norway’s Second Congregational Church for providing snacks and water.

During the hospital evacuation and response, Paris fire chief Mark Blaquiere, Harrison firefighters and a Maine Forest Service ranger dealt with a three vehicle crash on Lake Road in Norway, then returned to the scene at SMH.

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