VFD responds to hospital fire alarm

VFD responds to hospital fire alarm

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Fire Department was called out to an alarm at South Georgia Medical Center overnight.

The hospital says that about 2:30 a.m. Friday, March 10, staff and patients reported the smell of smoke in the south tower.

The fire alarm activated, and staff responded quickly to identify the source, and relocate patients as needed.

The Valdosta Fire Department responded immediately, identifying the source of the fire on the roof, and putting it out.

For bout two hours, smoke inside South Georgia Medical Center was the main problem.

The smoke was cleared by 7:30 a.m., and normal hospital operations resumed.

"We greatly appreciate the response of the VFD and leadership of Chief Freddie Broome," said Heath Evans, SGMC Interim Chief Executive Officer. "The hospital staff responded rapidly and appropriately to secure the situation and protect patients."

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.