Durham County

Fire damages pharmacy in Duke South at Duke Medical Center

The Duke South area of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where a fire damaged a section of the pharmacy on Monday, April 16, 2018.
The Duke South area of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where a fire damaged a section of the pharmacy on Monday, April 16, 2018.

A fire early Monday heavily damaged a retail section of the pharmacy at the Duke South portion of Duke University Medical Center, firefighters and the university reported.

Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi said crews answering an automatic fire alarm shortly before 1 a.m. found a working blaze in what was described as "a secure area of the pharmacy."

Duke said that the retail section of the pharmacy suffered "extensive damage," and patients were being directed to a temporary location to get medicines from pharmacists.

No patients had to be moved out of any rooms at the hospital complex, the medical center said.

"The fire was extinguished quickly, but the room incurred heavy fire, heat and smoke damage. Other areas of the pharmacy incurred minor smoke and water damage," Iannuzzi said.

The fire did not affect operations Monday in the clinics in Duke South, officials said.

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