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Porters tackle hospital fire

PUBLISHED: 16:08 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 25 August 2010

A PAIR of hospital night porters saved millions of pounds worth of equipment by quickly tackling an electrical fire.

A PAIR of hospital night porters saved millions of pounds worth of equipment by quickly tackling an electrical fire.

Chris Kilty, 58, from Sidcup, and Chris Worley, 49, from Joydens Wood, tackled a fire at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, on January 17 after lab technicians fled to safety.

The blaze caused £40,000 worth of damage to the hospital's pathology lab, narrowly avoiding spreading to more expensive equipment.

Mr Worley, a father of three, said: "When we got to the corridor it was chock-a-block with thick black smoke.

"We knew there were two people who work in there so we went in to find them.

"The fire was just taking hold - another few minutes and it would have been quite a belter."

The porters used extinguishers to put out the blaze and were treated for smoke inhalation in the hospital's A&E unit.

Mr Kilty, a grandfather, said: "We got a letter from the boss saying thank you for saving us millions.

"It's just part of the job really. The whole hospital would have been evacuated if we'd left it."

The cause of the fire is under investigation. marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk


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