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Fire Forces Evacuation of Patients at Monterey Park Hospital

About 100 patients were evacuated when an electrical fire broke out at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park on March 3, but no one was hurt, a fire captain said.

The smoky fire was reported in a third-floor utility at 7:21 a.m. at the hospital at 525 N. Garfield Ave., and firefighters put it out in 13 minutes, said Monterey Park fire Capt. Matt Hallock.

Smoke was reported on the third and fourth floors, but the fire was confined to the utility room, Hallock said. The exact cause of the fire was under investigation.

About 70 patients were evacuated from the third floor, and about 30 patients were evacuated from the fourth floor, Hallock said. All were evacuated safely.

Hospital spokesman Erik Jiang said the emergency room was not affected, but some surgeries were postponed or rescheduled. Eight patients were transferred to other hospitals, he said.

A triage area was established under the hospital’s emergency plan, and about two dozen additional doctors were called in, Jiang said.