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West Cumberland Hospital fire 'most likely' accidental

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing Credit: ITV Border

Investigators say that the cause of the fire in the energy centre of the new West Cumberland Hospital was "most likely" accidental.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and independent investigators have been working to ascertain what started the blaze on 23 January 2015.

They say the investigation is going well.

“It is a complex, technically demanding investigation involving large amounts of physical and data evidence. The investigation team is working exceptionally well together utilising experts from a wide field of specialities.

“I can confirm that the current evidence we have indicates that the most likely cause is an accidental fire within the Energy Centre. The investigation will continue as we methodically attempt to pinpoint the exact cause.”

– Adrian Holme, station manager for Workington Locality of Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

Careers day with a difference

The pupils each have ten minutes to grill the professionals Credit: ITV Border

A local school has held a careers day with a bit of a difference in an effort to make it more fun for those involved.

St.Benedict's School in Whitehaven has set up a classroom full of professionals and given each of its Year 9 pupils ten minutes to grill them on their job.

The structure is similar to that of speed dating.

The school hopes that it will open up the pupils to the possibility of careers that they may never have considered.

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The Beacon renovation gets funding

The existing Beacon Museum Credit: ITV Border

A major revamp of The Beacon museum in Whitehaven will go ahead after confirmation of a £1.3million funding package.

The museum will receive more than £900,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.

The remaining £400,000 was awarded by the Copeland Community Fund last year.

The new design will include a conference and learning centre, and work is due to begin this year.

Health boss praises hospital staff for fire response

The fire broke out on Friday night Credit: ITV Border

The staff at the West Cumberland Hospital have been praised by the Trust's chief executive following Friday night's fire.

Anne Farrar has thanked staff for working to ensure that no patients were affected by the incident, including those who volunteered to come from home if they were needed.

She has also paid tribute to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

“I would like to thank our staff for the outstanding commitment they have shown over the past few days.

"I spent Saturday going round West Cumberland Hospital to talk to staff and whilst everybody was understandably upset, they were all also wonderfully determined that the future is still very bright for the hospital.

“I would also like to thank the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for their quick action on Friday night to ensure the fire was controlled as quickly as possible.”

– Ann Farrar, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
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