Smoke Clears Girard Medical Center Patients, Staff - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Smoke Clears Girard Medical Center Patients, Staff



    Smoke Evacuates Girard Medical Center

    Patients and workers inside Girard Medical Center were forced to evacuate after fire broke out early Thursday. (Published Thursday, July 21, 2016)

    An odorous smoke caused the evacuation of a Philadelphia medical center overnight.

    Philadelphia firefighters rushed to Girard Medical Center on W Girard Avenue before 2 a.m. after a fire broke out in the building’s basement.

    Patients and staff were evacuated to a nearby café as firefighters investigated.

    The fire, it wasn’t clear what caused the smoky haze, appeared to be contained to the basement and the haze lifted around 2:30 a.m., said Philadelphia firefighters.

    A short time later, people were allowed back in the building despite a slight odor remaining, said firefighters.