01/12/10 111 W - + 12 - 15 Smoking Patient Causes Fire at Rex, 1984

While we're in time-travel mode, the News & Observer on March 27, 1984, reported that a patient at Rex caused a small fire by smoking, and 'twas the hospital's second such fire in one week. The first fire on March 19 was started in a fourth floor room, when a patient's cigarette (!) apparently ignited some oxygen tubing (!!).  Second fire was March 25, again started by a cigarette, and causing minor damage to a trash can and a privacy curtain. Quoth a hospital official: "We are looking at ways to pay a little more attention to patients to smoke." Wonder what year/decade same was finally prohibited?

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