The Emergency Department of the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam will remain closed for the time being after a fire raged in the night from Saturday to Sunday. The branch in the Oost district was evacuated after an ambulance fire broke out next to the building. Because there were gas bottles in the ambulance, there was a danger of explosion.

The fire was extinguished around 7 a.m. But there is now a pungent burning smell in the department. This must first be filtered before the emergency department can be opened again.

A spokesperson for the hospital said that it is unclear how long this will take. "The air treatment system is polluted and can no longer properly purify the air at the emergency room," the hospital reports on Twitter.

People who were in the emergency department were moved or were asked to go home if it was medically justified. The hospital advised new patients not to come.

Patients who urgently need medical help are advised to go to another hospital. The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

UPDATE 9.20: The Emergency Help @OLVG, location East is still closed. The air treatment system is contaminated and can no longer properly purify the air in the emergency room. We are working hard on a solution.

Avatar AuthorolvgMoment of places07: 20 - 11 August 2019

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