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Woman found dead after Prospect Park Hospital blaze

Cause of Tilehurst hospital bedroom fire under investigation

Jane Meredith

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A WOMAN has been found dead after a fire at Prospect Park Hospital, in Tilehurst, late yesterday evening (Sunday).

Patients were evacuated and one ward remains closed today (Monday), at the hospital, in Honey End Lane.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) today released a statement confirming police were called along with firefighters at 10.38pm to the incident.

The body of a woman in her late thirties was found.

She was later confirmed deceased at the scene.

Pumps from stations in Dee Road, Tilehurst, Wokingham Road, and Caversham Road were called at 10.35pm.

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the blaze using two hosereels.

The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust today released the following statement:

"Late last night, there was a fire in a bedroom at Prospect Park hospital, which unfortunately resulted in a fatality. Next of kin have been informed.

We safely evacuated all other patients from this ward (as well as two other wards as a precautionary measure) to other areas of the hospital and we were able to return patients to two of the wards soon afterwards.

One ward remains closed and patients who were on this ward are continuing to receive care within other parts of the hospital.

A full investigation will now take place and until that happens, we are unable to provide any more information about this situation."

A joint investigation into the cause of the fire is being carried out by TVP and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS).

The woman's next of kin have been informed.

The fire was stopped at 1.10am.

The extent of any damage has not been revealed. 

Prospect Park Hospital is the main hospital for people in Berkshire who suffer from mental illness.

The hospital provides a number of admission wards, a therapeutic day service, a specialist unit for people with learning disabilities, specialist wards for older people, and both high dependency and rehabilitation wards.

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