- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - A fire has destroyed the new wing of a cancer center in Lumberton, leaving 40 patients to seek treatment elsewhere.

Local media outlets report firefighters responding on Saturday found fire in the attic of the new wing at Southeastern Health’s Gibson Cancer Center. Battalion Chief Brian Nelson of the Lumberton Fire Department sad fire was showing through the roof within 30 minutes,

Nelson said it took three hours to contain the fire. No other portion of the center was damaged.

Southeastern opened the new 5,300-square-foot wing last year.

Lori Dove, vice president of post-acute services at the health system, said 40 patients are in treatment now, and Southeastern administrators are already working with Duke and Cape Fear Valley health systems to make sure those in radiation can continue their treatments.

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