A fire broke out on Saturday at the Long Beach Medical Center, which has remained closed to patients who were evacuated from the hospital before Hurricane Sandy.Follow.
The weekend fire started and was contained in the exhaust system of a temporary boiler at the rear of the hospital, at 455 E. Bay Dr., according to Richard Corbett, chief of the Long Beach Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze Saturday afternoon.
“Once the boiler was shut down the fire was extinguished,” Corbett said. “There was no threat to the building or any workers … There are still no patients in the hospital since hurricane Sandy.”
While LBMC’s Komanoff Center for Geriatric & Rehabilitative Medicine, a building located adjacent to the hospital, was reopened and welcomed back its more than 180 residents on Jan. 28 after they were evacuated on Oct. 28, the 162-bed hospital remains closed and may not reopen until late March, according to the Long Beach Herald. The hospital expects the costs associated with the storm to reach $56 million. Long Beach Patch on Facebook