According to the Williamsport city fire officials, the fire started around 3:40PM. The patient, a female, suffered severe burn injuries. Two hospital employees suffered minor injuries during the process of rescuing the female patient.
The fire took place on the sixth floor of the hospital, in the east wing. Hospital employees noticed smoke coming out of the room. According to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Killian, “The fire involved a chair. Two staff members first attempted to put the fire out with sheets, and then grabbed a portable extinguisher, which was used to successfully put out the fire.”
The identity of the patient was not released, but she is scheduled to be transferred to the burn unit at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.
Here is a statement by the hospital on the fire:
On Tuesday, July 25, at approximately 3:45 pm, a fire occurred in a patient room on the sixth floor of Williamsport Regional Medical Center (WRMC), wounding the patient and two employees. The patient is being transferred to the Lehigh Valley Health Network Regional Burn Center, while the two employees were treated in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center emergency department. The cause of the fire is under investigation. All other patients on this unit were transferred safely to other units in the hospital. We recommend visitors and patients to WRMC avoid entrances on the Rural Avenue side while fire personnel are present.