Patients evacuated from Akron’s Summa St. Thomas Hospital after fire in basement

AKRON, Ohio -- Several patients were evacuated from Summa St. Thomas Hospital due to a fire in the basement Friday morning.

Firefighters initially said the fire involved lithium batteries. But as of 8 a.m., after knocking down some of the fire, firefighters learned the blaze actually broke out in a storage area on fire that involved plastics.

There are no batteries involved, said firefighters.

The cause is still under investigation.

Several patients were evacuated from the building, and others were sheltered in place.

The hospital is trying to evaluate where to transport the evacuated patients.

A  patient tracking number has been released for families. It is 1-330-375-7702.

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