Smoking in bed blamed in Reno hospital fire |

Smoking in bed blamed in Reno hospital fire

RENO (AP) ” A patient smoking in bed is being blamed for a fire at Renown Regional Medical Center that forced the evacuation of patients on the sixth floor.

Reno fire officials said the fire was reported around midnight Wednesday in the Sierra Tower, which is in an older section of the hospital and is separate from the new, 10-story Tahoe Tower scheduled to open to patients Monday. No sprinklers went off.

Firefighters said a fuse that should have triggered the sprinkler in the room where the fire broke out was covered in soot and failed to activate.

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