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Fire Forces Partial Evacuation of Children's Hospital LA

The fire was put out in about an hour.

Firefighters Monday extinguished a non-injury fire that broke out in the laundry room in the basement of a building at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, prompting the evacuation of some floors.

The blaze was reported about 11:20 a.m. at 4650 W. Sunset Blvd., and prompted the evacuation of about 200 people from three floors of the building, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire was put out in about an hour, Prange said.

"Portions of the Mary Duque Building were evacuated, including our hospital operators, resulting in our calls being placed on hold. Patients and caregivers located on the upper floors of the building remained safely in place," said Lorenzo Benet, CHLA's director of public relations.

The hospital's facilities team contained the fire initially until LAFD crews arrived and put it out, he said.

The building's ventilation and air conditioning system circulated some smoke to parts of the structure and firefighters worked with building engineers to ventilate it, Prange said.

"Select outpatient appointments in affected areas were placed on hold while the building was checked for safety," Benet said. "Procedures in the Ambulatory Surgery Center have been canceled for the rest of the day. The Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion and the main Operating Room remained fully operational."

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