BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Almost 100 firefighters battled a blaze
that burned out part of the basement of the Brattleboro Memorial
Hospital on Monday night.
No one was seriously injured in the fire, which broke out in the
hospital's physical therapy room at around 6 p.m., said Brattleboro
Fire Chief David J. Emery. He said one maintenance worker suffered
minor smoke inhalation.
The hospital's emergency room was temporarily closed.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The fire did the most damage to the 20-by-30 foot physical
therapy room in the basement, but other areas were affected by
smoke.
Ten ambulances and a helicopter were summoned to the scene to
help transport patients in case the fire got out of control, Emery
said, but they were not needed. The fire was knocked down by 7
p.m., he said.
Besides the Brattleboro Fire Department, firefighters were sent
to the scene from New York, Massachusetts and other Vermont
communities.

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