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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 December 2005, 19:37 GMT
Fire at city's new super hospital
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The extent of the damage caused by the fire is not yet known
A new East Midlands super hospital has been damaged by fire - only weeks before parts of it were due to open.

About 40 firefighters were called to the fire to the multi-million pound site, near the Derby City Hospital, on Thursday afternoon.

Crews using breathing apparatus and large water jets put out flames on the second floor of the building.

The extent of the damage is not yet known and an investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Parts of the new hospital are due to open in March 2006.

Linda Hanson, of the Derby Acute Hospitals Trust, said: "At all times we were really quite confident that the fire had been isolated and preventative measures were taken in all the ward areas surroundings to make sure that patients were protected."

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