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An Elkhart firefighter returns to the truck after responding to a fire at the emergency room at Elkhart General Hospital Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. The fire was quickly extinguished and the cause of the fire was unknown at this time. No injuries were reported. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Elkhart Fire Department personnel respond to a fire at the emergency room at Elkhart General Hospital Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. The fire was quickly extinguished and the cause of the fire was unknown at this time. No injuries were reported. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Small fire reported in Elkhart General Hospital emergency room
Posted on Oct. 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.

ELKHART —A fire reported in the Elkhart General Hospital emergency room turned out to be minor and was extinguished within minutes.

The Elkhart Fire Department was called at about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, to the fire, which was reported in the emergency room of EGH, 600 East Blvd.

Fire inspector Tony Balzano said personnel saw the fire and put it out before the firefighters arrived.

Firefighters made sure the fire was completely out. A ventilation system in the room cleared the smoke.

Balzano said the fire was accidental, caused by a surgical cauterizing tool, which caught a few surgical wipes on fire.

Minimal damage was reported. Only a small area on the top of a counter and the bottom area of a cabinet was damaged.