Discarded smoking materials may be the cause of a smoldering fire at the VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts Friday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital on Springs Road at 3:37 p.m. after a fire alarm was activated.
When crews arrived, smoke was observed on the first floor of the building, then discovered on the second and third floors.
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Firefighters helped hospital staff relocate patients to a separate area of the hospital until crews determined that the smoke was coming from a void space between the building and a stairway.
A preliminary investigation indicated that the smoke condition was the result of smoking materials that were discarded near a debris pile in the void space, according to fire officials.
The area was cleared a few hours later and no injuries were reported.
"I commend our firefighters for helping support a safe and orderly evacuation, while also determining the root of the problem and preventing any serious damage," said Bedford Fire Chief David Grunes.