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West Cumberland Hospital fire investigation progressing well

Posted on Thursday 12th February 2015
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Following the fire in the energy centre of the new West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven on 23 January 2015, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is pleased to report that the investigation into the fire is progressing well.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and independent investigators have been working to ascertain the cause of the blaze. Adrian Holme, station manager for Workington Locality of Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, said: “It is a complex, technically demanding investigation involving large amounts of physical and data evidence. The investigation team is working exceptionally well together utilising experts from a wide field of specialities.

“I can confirm that the current evidence we have indicates that the most likely cause is an accidental fire within the Energy Centre. The investigation will continue as we methodically attempt to pinpoint the exact cause.”

As the investigation continues, the Trust’s estates & facilities team and new hospital project team have been working hard to ensure work has already restarted on commissioning the new hospital. The hospital was reconnected to a power supply last week which is the first positive step on the complex road to recovery which lies ahead.

Steven Bannister, interim director of estates & facilities at the Trust, said: “We are very pleased to say that we now have a temporary power supply in the new hospital which will allow work to continue to progress. This is a real testament to the hard work and determination of our staff.

“The next steps for the Trust are working to re-install a heat source for the building and a robust back-up energy supply, both of which are necessary for the final commissioning stages and for then moving our staff and patients into the new hospital.

We will continue to keep everybody updated as work progresses.”