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Laundry room catches fire at Duluth hospital

DULUTH -- At approximately 6:16 a.m. Saturday, Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth experienced a fire in the laundry room, which is on the terrace level between the first and second floors.

The Gwinnett County Fire Department of Fire and Emergency Services responded to the call within five minutes.

"The fire was contained to the laundry area. There was limited smoke in the kitchen area," GMC spokeswoman Beth Okun said. "The impact of the fire was contained because of an effective sprinkler system and the efforts of hospital employees. GMC-Duluth employees utilized four extinguishers to contain the fire while area sprinklers were activated."

Those who helped keep the fire from spreading were evaluated in the emergency room and are in good condition. One employee was admitted for observation.

The fire was believed to have started in or around one of the dryers, according to Okun, but the official cause is still undetermined.

"All hospital operations are functioning properly," she said. "The remediation company is on site and working throughout the weekend. The laundry room should be back in operation within a couple of weeks."

At the time of the incident, the hospital was at 75 percent capacity. The damaged laundry room is used for service only and there are no patients on this floor.