In an interview with The West Australian, West Australian Health Minister John Rau said he was not aware of the potential health impact of the fire.
“I’ve never had any information about the health impact from the fire,” Mr Rau told the ABC.
“As we’ve been informed by the fire department, it’s likely there will be some health impacts as a result of this fire, but that’s not something that we can comment on.”
The blaze is believed to have started at the west side of the hospital and spread into the building, which sits on a hill overlooking the harbour.
Firefighters battled the blaze in the early hours of Monday morning.
“We were able to fight the fire with some of our firefighting equipment and extinguish the fire within minutes,” Mr Parnell said.
The fire was contained and contained on Tuesday morning, but was still active in the morning hours.
“We have crews on the ground right now fighting the fire and they will remain on the site for some time,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
He said the department was working with the local council to address concerns raised by residents.
The department said the hospital’s emergency management centre had been evacuated, and residents were asked to leave the area immediately.
Mr Parnelli said it was not yet clear how long residents were allowed to stay.
“It’s very early days in terms of what we can do, but the priority is to get residents back to their homes as quickly as possible,” he said.
“So far there is no risk to the public, there is not a threat to other residents, there are no ongoing health concerns and we are working with other local government agencies.”
Topics:fire,health,health-policy,australia,brisbane-4000,west-austraaslandFirst posted May 23, 2019 07:53:24Contact Adrian NoyesMore stories from Queensland