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The fire at Chase Farm on Sunday evening was confined to a single mental health ward in the Camlet 1 building. The statement below was published on the Barnet-Enfield-Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust website.

Camlet 1 fire – Chase Farm Hospital site

At 22:11 on Sunday 10th June the London Fire Brigade were called to Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust’s (BEH) Chase Farm site to a fire on the ground floor of the Camlet 1 Building.

Eight fire engines and more than 50 firefighters dealt with the fire in the two storey BEH building.

45 people were evacuated, with seven needing assistance for smoke inhalation at the scene.  Three members of staff and one patient needed additional treatment and were taken to Barnet General Hospital. They have now been discharged.

Of the 45 patients evacuated 31 returned safely to their wards once the fire was put out, while 14 patients were found alternative accommodation for the night in unaffected parts of the building.

BEH has now found all 14 patients appropriate accommodation across its Trust premises until the ward is operational again.

The fire was contained to Mint Ward in Camlet 1, with severe fire damage to the toilet area, and smoke and soot damage to the ward corridor. Fire safety precautions such as fire doors worked well and contained the fire, so there is minimal damage to the rest of the ward and building.

Mint ward is separated into two wings, each of seven beds, and only one wing was damaged. No other services on the Chase Farm site have been affected by the fire.

BEH provides care for 176 patients in a secure mental health setting at three Camlet buildings on the Chase Farm site.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source: www.beh-mht.nhs.uk/news_2.htm

 

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