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Hospital Fire in North Carolina Kills One, Injures Three

Comstock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) -- A fire at a hospital in central North Carolina early Tuesday morning has left one patient dead and three others injured, a fire official tells ABC News.

According to Chief Willie Hall of the Durham Fire Department, the fire broke out around 2:15 a.m. in a room on Durham Regional Hospital's sixth floor.  He says the blaze was limited to that room, though he could not say what kind of room it was.

Hall says the hospital's sprinkler system did its job and the 31 firefighters quickly knocked down the flames.

“Everything worked and all agencies worked well together,” he says.

Aside from the one patient who died and the three who suffered from smoke inhalation -- none of whom have yet been identified -- no one else was hurt, Hall says.

Despite earlier reports, he says there was no explosion at the hospital.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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