Woman injured in Troy Beaumont ER blaze

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 14, 2019


Troy firefighters were called to the busy emergency room at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, just after 10 p.m. Oct. 13 on a report of a fire in a room. 

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said a female patient received first- and second-degree burns over 30% of her body as a result of the fire. 

He said it was not clear if the fire started on her bed or on her clothing. 

“Her bed burned. Her clothes burned,” he said. 

She was the only one hurt. 

According to a press release, there was visible smoke and the sprinklers were activated when firefighters arrived. 

Fire officials found smoke in the ER, but the fire was out due to the sprinkler activation. 

According to the press release, the sprinklers, installed to separate the ER from the rest of the hospital and to contain any smoke and fire, were still active. Hospital staff had relocated the patients. 

Once the firefighters confirmed the fire was out, the sprinklers were turned off and crews assisted hospital staff in removing sprinkler water from the area. 

Fire investigators continue to investigate the cause of the fire and have listed this fire as suspicious. Damage estimates are incomplete.

Reisterer said it was not known why the woman was in the ER and what her condition is now. 

Riesterer said the Beaumont Hospital, Troy, ER was back in operation early in the morning Oct. 14.