UPDATE: (5 P.M. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023) – Officials with CAMC have confirmed the fire that damaged 14 vehicles in an employee parking lot at CAMC Memorial were caused by a fallen power line.
According to CAMC, the fire also caused “significant damage to the premises” including the “integrity” of the concrete in the area where the fire occurred. Officials say all individuals should avoid that area until further notice.
No one was injured in the incident, CAMC officials say. However, the downed power line caused a power outage in CAMC Memorial Hospital and the physicians’ office building. Officials say this affected the air conditioning, put the CAMC Memorial emergency room on diversion, and resulted in the cancellation of several non-emergency outpatient and physician office appointments.
UPDATE: (4:40 P.M. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023) – Fire Marshals with the Charleston Fire Department say they are still waiting to review camera footage to determine the cause of a fire that spread to several vehicles in a CAMC Memorial Hospital parking lot Tuesday morning.
While the CFD has not yet determined an official cause, they do say bystanders at the scene reported that a power line broke, landed on the vehicles and caused the fire. CFD Fire Marshals say they will review the footage to confirm if that broken line was, in fact, the source of the fire.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)—Crews are on the scene of a fire involving multiple vehicles in a CAMC Memorial Hospital parking lot.
Kanawha County Metro 911 says the parking lot is an employee lot on the west side of the hospital off 31st St.
Metro says power was shut down to the hospital, but everything is operating normally on generator power.
Photos show at least four cars involved in the fire.
Metro says the fire is out at this time.
13 News has a crew on its way to the scene, and we will update this story as new information becomes available.