Kabwe Mine Hospital was on Tuesday gutted by a fire which swept through the laundry unit and burnt all the unit’s equipment and linen.
Combined efforts by the council fire brigade and the Army quenched the inferno after about two hours.
Kabwe Mine hospital medical superintendent Dr Ronald Chola and Central Province medical officer Dr Abel Kabalo confirmed the incident in separate interviews. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage have not yet been established.
Dr Chola said the fire began at about 18:00 hours on Tuesday from the laundry and after army and council fire fighters came in, the entire laundry was gutted and nothing could be salvaged. He also added that patients in wards were evacuated to Kabwe general hospital and would only be brought back after all safety measures are put in place.
“When the fire was noticed we quickly communicated with the fire brigade and they responded and were reinforced by Army personnel. We are grateful that the fire was quenched before it could spread to other wings of the hospital, no one has died from the incident but I can say that we are in a big loss as all the equipment and linen have been gutted to ashes,” he said.
He said all washing machines and driers in the laundry had been gutted and a Daily Nation check at the site found officers from the Ministry Of Works And Supply carrying out investigations to establish the cost of the damage.