Toronto (Jan. 27, 2008) - No patients, staff or visitors were hurt during an afternoon fire at Toronto General Hospital, part of the University Health Network.

The fire started at approximately 4:30 p.m. in an area under construction on the second floor of the Norman Urquhart Wing. No patients, hospital staff or visitors were in the area and the fire was extinguished before any evacuation was necessary.

"There was a great deal of smoke but I'm glad to say the safety of our patients was not jeopardized," said Tom Closson, President & CEO, University Health Network. "We recognize that family and friends may be worried about loved ones in the hospital but they should be reassured everyone is safe."

Until the smoke dissipated, visitors were asked not to come to hospital. However, regular visitation has now resumed. The cause of the fire has not been determined and no damage estimate is available. Fire officials are continuing to investigate.

University Health Network is a major landmark in Canada's healthcare system, and a teaching partner of the University of Toronto. Building on the strengths and reputation of each of our three remarkable hospitals, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, UHN brings together the innovation, talent and resources needed to achieve global impact on the health care scene and provide exemplary patient care.

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