Fire in Oncology Department of Northwest Community Hospital

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Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday to a fire alarm at Northwest Community Hospital. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a fire in the Accelerator Room in the Oncology Department at Northwest Community Hospital. Firefighters received a report from staff that flames were seen in the room, but then only smoke was seen. Firefighters reported observing smoke in the area and were operating to attack the fire as an electrical fire, using CO2 fire extinguishers.

Firefighters reported they had a working fire, but only smoke was visible. Apparently the internal fire suppression system in the Oncology Department operated to extinguish the fire. Firefighters were checking the area with a thermal imaging camera and were working on clearing the smoke for safety and for visibility to check for extension of the fire. Activity is on the north side of the hospital campus near a loading dock.

Rolling Meadows and Mount Prospect firefighters responded to the scene to assist Arlington Heights firefighters.

The fire was reported under control about 1:12 p.m. Firefighters were working with hospital maintenance personnel to ventilate the area. Extra firefighters were released from the scene.

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