A TOASTER in a staff room caused fire crews to be called out to Basingstoke hospital this morning.

Firefighters from the Basingstoke station were dispatched just after 9am to reports of a small fire in a staff kitchen at the hospital site.

The fire started in a toaster.

The firefighters used two breathing apparatus and a hose reel at the scene with it suspected that as of 9.15am, the fire had been put out.

However, firefighters were required to clear smoke from the area.

No-one was injured.

Julie Maskery, chief operating officer at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, as well as Andover War Memorial Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, said: “Firefighters were called to the acute assessment unit at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital at around 9am this morning as a result of a small fire in a staff kitchen.

“The fire took place in a toaster and spread no further. Nobody was injured and no damage was caused. A small number of patients were evacuated to other areas while firefighters cleared smoke from the unit, but they have now returned and services at the hospital were otherwise unaffected.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and staff on the acute assessment unit, who did a fantastic job of quickly and safely evacuating patients from the immediate area.”