Stoke Mandeville Hospital fire: First pictures from scene of blaze

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These photos show the damage caused by a fire which broke out at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on Saturday.

They demonstrate the extent of the smoke damage, the majority of which happened in ward four, where the fire started.

Inside Stoke Mandeville Hospital after fire

Inside Stoke Mandeville Hospital after fire

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Fifty three patients had to be evacuated after the blaze broke out at around 4.20am.

Three people were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation, one of whom also suffered burns to his hands.

Hospital chiefs and fire officials have praised staff for how they acted during the fire, saying their quick thinking prevent a more serious incident.

Ward four is expected to remain closed for several weeks while the damage is repaired.

Two other wards were initially hit by smoke and water damage and the remainder of the floor was also affected by the inferno.

Ward five has been reopened and specialist cleaners are trying to salvage what they can from ward seven, which remains closed.

Up to 40 firefighters used three jet hoses to put out the blaze and were only able to start leaving the scene at 7am. A reinspection was carried out at 10am.

The fire has meant the hospital has 19 fewer beds than usual and officials have asked that people consider other ways of having their health needs taken care of where possible until it is fully operational again.