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Fire in Medical Building Surprises Patients

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LAS VEGAS -- One of the businesses that suffered major damage in the medical building fire was Sunrise Pediatrics. There were staff and patients inside when the fire broke started.

Staff members and patients say they were unaware of the fire on the roof until someone rushed into the office notify them.

"Somebody told us the building was on fire," medical student Sheralyn Easton said. "We kind of thought like what are you talking about."

Easton said it wasn't until she and a fellow medical student Jay Johnson got outside the building that they saw the flames coming from the roof.

"Surprised us," Johnson said.

The two work at Sunrise Pediatrics, one of the businesses that suffered major damage in the morning blaze off Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road.

"Fortunately it didn't happen when it was busy," said Vanita Kondath, the wife of Dr. Sanjay Kondath with Sunrise Pediatrics. The practice sees as many as 60 patients a day.

The two rushed over to help the staff move out what's left of the office supplies and medical equipment, including vaccines.

"This all has to be returned to the manufacturer. It's condemned now," said Dr. Sanjay Kondath.

Employees say patient records are safe because they are stored on an online server. Even though no one was hurt, nerves were rattled.

"Somebody was screaming 'fire, fire, fire,'" said Mina Manigbas, a Sunrise Pediatrics employee.

As investigators try to find out what caused the blaze, the medical team will now move their patients to another office across town.

 

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