A fire at the American University of Beirut Medical Center was extinguished Tuesday, and operations returned to normal, officials announced.
In a statement, AUBMC said the blaze started on the second floor of the building, and was quickly contained.
“The fire occurred in the fiber scrubber outside the walls of the building,” the statement said. “Smoke was discharged directly into the open air.”
Administration officials said the AUBMC Plant Eningeering Team and Emergency Response Team were “very responsive in taking the necessary action to extinguish the fire promptly and secure the location.”
Operations were not interrupted, and hospital staff returned to business as usual, AUBMC officials added.
AUBMC is a 420-bed hospital and academic center that provides comprehensive medical care for patients in Lebanon.
The medical center is located on Cairo Street in Beirut’s Hamra area.
The center expanded in 1970 with a state-of-the-art medical center in Beirut. The building has an elaborate outpatient facility, an emergency department, research laboratories, classrooms and offices for academic staff, according to its website.