FOURTEEN children – including a number of small babies – had to be evacuated from a paediatric unit last night, after a fire broke out.
The blaze broke out at 6.45pm in a plant room located on the roof of one of the hospital laboratories at University Hospital Limerick.
The laboratory is situated over the paediatric unit, which was evacuated as a precaution. A total of 14 children were moved to other areas of the hospital. The plant room is where all of the electrics for the unit are stored.
The hospital's Emergency Department also had to be cleared for a short time, and all visitors were asked to leave. Among those at the hospital last night was Siobhan McMahon (22), whose baby girl was among the patients evacuated.
Ms McMahon, who uses a wheelchair, was on the bus from Ennis travelling to visit her 10-week-old baby when she heard of the emergency."When I got here my 10- week-old was on the lawn. It was very scary." Nobody was injured in the fire.