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Electrical fire at Monterey Park hospital forces evacuation

March 3, 2011 | 10:17 am

An electrical fire at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park early Thursday forced the evacuation of 34 patients.

The fire occurred on the third floor of the hospital about 7:20 a.m., said Erik Jiang, the hospital’s chief operating officer. By 9:30 a.m., the fire was extinguished, though crews remained at the scene.

The hospital, located at 525 N. Garfield Ave., evacuated the area safely and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to the Monterey Park Fire Department.


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