Florida hospital evacuating hundreds of patients after fire breaks out

A Florida hospital is evacuating 209 patients overnight after an electrical fire erupted in the generator room of the facility.

The fire at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson started on Wednesday night, according to spokesman Doug Tobin of Pasco County.

It knocked out power in several parts of the hospital, but some was restored a few hours later, he said.

The hospital evacuated dozens of patients safely and will continue moving them all night because it has no backup power, the county said in a statement. The hospital needs backup power to hold patients.

Patients in critical condition will be moved first, officials said.

Various agencies are assisting with the evacuations, including the sheriff’s office and five fire units. No injuries have been reported.

The hospital is a 290-bed acute care facility founded in 1981. It serves Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, according to its website.

Hudson is about 100 miles from Orlando.

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