A patient is dead after an early morning fire at the Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday.
Durham firefighters responded to a 2:19 a.m. report of an explosion on the sixth floor of the hospital that turned out to be a small fire, Durham Fire Department Interim Chief Dan Curia told the Los Angeles Times.
Sprinklers had already controlled the one-room fire when firefighters arrived minutes later. The patient in the room as found dead, Curia said.
The patient had been critically ill and was under the care of Select Specialty Hospital. Select Specialty is a separately licensed long-term care facility that leases space from the Durham Regional Hospital, which is part of the Duke University Health System, Durham hospital officials said. A spokesman for Select Specialty Hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment.