Fire crews from Opelousas and surrounding areas were called to battle a fire that broke out last night on the roof of Opelousas General Hospital. The fire reportedly broke out near the facility's helicopter pad. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene the roof of the structure was engulfed in flames.

While fire crews worked quickly to extinguish the blaze, hospital personnel were busy moving dozens of patients out of their rooms and into rooms in a safer location within the facility.

Fire crews were able to bring the blaze under control in just a matter of minutes. Fortunately, no firefighters or hospital personnel or patients were injured. However, there was no timetable given for when patients might be returned to their original rooms.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office were reported to be on the scene shortly before 11 pm last night. Those investigators will sift through evidence at the scene to try and determine the cause of the blaze.


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