A fire in the energy centre of the new West Cumberland Hospital building will set back its opening by months.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said the news was "utterly devastating" and he will now write to the Department for Health asking that money is put in place to rebuild the centre as quickly as possible.
The fire broke out last night (Friday, 23rd January) in the biomass fuel plant, which was to provide the power for the hospital. No patients or services were affected but the NHS Trust said delays in opening the £100m building were inevitable. It had been due to open in April 2015.
The Big Burns Supper Festival got underway in Dumfries last night.
The event is to celebrate Scotland's national bard, Robbie Burns, whose birthday it would be tomorrow.
It is the first time the event has run for nine days in a row.
Cumbria Police has been dealing with a number of minor crashes and incidents where cars have either slipped or become stuck on icy roads.
Officers said the conditions had been particularly bad around Kendal and asked drivers to keep to the main roads in Kendal, Sedbergh and Kirby Lonsdale.
A fire has destroyed the energy centre at the new West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, which was due to open in April.
It broke out last night in the biomass fuel plant, which produces power for the building.
Firefighters spent four hours putting out the blaze and will now investigate what caused it.
The NHS Trust said no patients or services were affected, but the damage will delay the handover of the keys from developers to NHS staff, which was due to happen next week.
It could ultimately delay the moving-in date.
Staying breezy with sunshine and wintry showers continuing through the first part of the day, easing during the afternoon.
Cloud building through the evening. Maximum Temperature 6C.
Watch Hannah McNulty's full report on the delaying of milk payments to dairy farmers, and First Milk's response.