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Roof construction likely cause of hospital f ire in Port Perry

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by DCN News Services

PORT PERRY, ONT. — The cause of a rooftop fire at Lakeridge Health Port Perry hospital on Aug. 25, leading to its evacuation and closure, is said to be construction related.
The cause of a fire that broke out on the rooftop of Lakeridge Health Port Perry hospital on Aug. 25 was determined to be a hot tar roofing process that was ignited by nearby insulation. The hospital was evacuated and is now closed. The estimated damages are in the range of $10 million.
The cause of a fire that broke out on the rooftop of Lakeridge Health Port Perry hospital on Aug. 25 was determined to be a hot tar roofing process that was ignited by nearby insulation. The hospital was evacuated and is now closed. The estimated damages are in the range of $10 million. - Photo: LINDSEY COLE

"The origin and cause was determined to be a hot tar roofing application process that ignited nearby insulation," said Township of Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney in a statement. "The estimated dollar loss is approximately $10 million."

The fire was brought under control around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, after it was initially discovered around 7 p.m. Firefighters remained on scene to monitor hotspots and the scene was officially under control and secured by 8:45 p.m., the fire chief stated. The hospital sustained significant fire, smoke and water damage and remains closed to the public.

"Due to this being a vulnerable occupancy facility, the hospital successfully activated their emergency management plan. Thankfully everyone was evacuated safely and the fire was brought under control," said Berney.

"I'd like to thank our firefighters, neighbouring fire services, hospital staff, Durham Regional Police as well as Durham Region Transit, Toronto EMS and York EMS for their assistance in patient evacuation and transfer."

The Ministry of Labour, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority have all been called in to investigate.

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