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Massive forest fire forces evacuation of Canadian hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, May 5, 2016

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There's a reason that hospitals practice evacuating patients in a hurry in case of a disaster. In the case of Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in the Canadian province of Alberta, more than 100 patients there had to be evacuated May 3 because of an approaching forest fire.

According to a report from Huffington Post, the fire, which is threatening to engulf the entire town of Fort McMurray, came close enough to the hospital where staff could see flames on a nearby hill. As a result, 105 patients and their families were piled into ambulances and city buses and moved to three separate facilities outside the danger zone.

The evacuation took about two hours, according to the report.

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