Firefighters and security staff on Sunday extinguished a small blaze at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.
It is understood that the fire started in the laundry section of the facility, which is also near a COVID-19 vaccination site.
Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson, Kwara Kekana said that the fire broke out in one of the back offices of the laundry area of the hospital.
“From eye observation, a heater was found in the back office where the fire is assumed to have started, but further investigations will be done by the relevant authorities on the actual cause of the fire.
“The fire has not impacted clinical, and laundry services in the facility, laundry services are running as normal in the hospital.”
Gauteng Health spokesperson
Operations at the facility are running normal as the blaze was extinguished before it could spread to other parts of the hospital.
On Friday, 16 April, a fire broke out at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Unfortunately, the blaze reignited after firefighters thought that had it contained.
Hundreds of patients were forced to evacuate the facility, which is one of Gauteng’s most important hospitals.
No patients were injured in that fire too but Gauteng Premier David Makhura imposed a seven day suspension on operations at the hospital as a precaution. The hospital’s dispensary was one of the notable buildings damaged in the fire.
Following the blaze, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) said an investigation into the reason the fire broke out must take place, it was especially concerned about the hospital’s safety measures.
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said that PPE worth approximately R40 million was destroyed by the fire, which is concerning as the country is still in the midst of a pandemic.