"This evacuation of 96 patients was effected without any incident. At 01.26am all patients and staff returned to ED, the fire having been extinguished and the area made safe by Limerick Fire Service,” they continued.
"No patients, staff or members of the public were harmed.
“We thank all patients and members of the public for their co-operation during the management of this incident.
“We thank all of our nursing, medical, portering, security, clerical and support staff and our operational site team for their professional response to this incident.
“We also thank Limerick Fire Service and An Garda Siochana for their rapid response.
“This incident has been logged on the hospital’s risk management system and any learning will inform future responses to such incidents.”