Blaze At Mount Sinai Hospital In East Harlem Leaves Six Injured, Officials Report

July 7, 2023

By Bretton Love

The early morning hours of Friday, July 7th, 2023, were anything but serene for the patients and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital in East Harlem.

A fire broke out in the basement of the hospital, forcing the evacuation of several patient floors and the cancellation of all elective procedures.

The fire, which was reportedly electrical in nature, began at around 12:40 a.m. and was brought under control by 3:50 a.m. by over 100 firefighters. Six people were injured in the blaze, three of whom were taken to nearby hospitals.

The fire caused significant damage to the hospital’s infrastructure, and it is not yet clear when all of the affected areas will be back up and running. In the meantime, patients with appointments at Mount Sinai are being asked to confirm their status before arrival.

Patch wrote that “several patient floors were evacuated during the fire, and all elective procedures at the hospital are being rescheduled due to infrastructure damage, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine tweeted Friday morning.

The fire at Mount Sinai is a reminder of the importance of fire safety in hospitals. Hospitals are complex buildings with a variety of electrical and mechanical systems, and they are therefore at risk of fire. It is essential that hospitals have robust fire safety plans in place to protect patients, staff, and visitors in the event of a fire.

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In the wake of the fire, Mount Sinai is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the fire and to identify any areas where fire safety procedures can be improved. The hospital is also working to get the affected areas back up and running as quickly as possible.

Mount Sinai Health System would like to express our sincerest gratitude to front line staff and FDNY first responders,” Mount Sinai said in a statement Friday, reported ABC7.

We wish all of the patients and staff who were affected by the fire a speedy recovery.

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