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Fire prompts Missouri hospital to relocate pediatric patients

A small fire forced Columbia, Mo.-based Women's and Children's Hospital to relocate some pediatric patients July 29, reports the Columbian Missourian.

Staff members detected smoke in the facility around 11 a.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which they believe started in an elevator shaft and traveled to the hospital's roof.

Women's and Children's temporarily moved patients from the building's fourth and fifth floors, which house pediatric care units, to lower levels of the building. The hospital will return patients to their normal rooms once officials ensure air quality is safe, according to Jesslyn Chew, public relations manager for MU Health Care.

Ambulances were also temporarily rerouted to University Hospital, the system's flagship facility in Columbia.

No patients were injured from the incident.

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