- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - A West Memphis hospital says it has opened its doors this week after it closed down a month ago from a fire.

Memphis, Tennessee, television WMC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1yBAtNV ) that Crittenden County Regional Hospital opened on Friday morning. The hospital says it expects to reopen its labor and delivery and surgery wards next week.

A fire last month in the hospital’s intensive care unit forced the evacuation of 14 patients. The television station reported last month the cause of the fire was weather-related.

The reopening has been delayed several times to get it back up to speed.

Voters in Crittenden County approved a 1 percent sales tax in June to support the hospital. The tax hike is expected to generate about $30 million over five years for the hospital.

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Information from: WMC-TV, https://www.wmctv.com/


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