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BEND, OR -- All elective surgeries were canceled Wednesday at St. Charles Bend, after a fire at the hospital's central processing unit. 

 

Bend firefighters responded to the lower level of the hospital just before 6 a.m. where a machine that performs initial decontamination of surgical materials had caught fire. Sprinklers immediately activated and kept the fire suppressed until crews arrived.

 
Investigators say the cause was overheating and subsequent failure of a heating element within that washer unit. No one was injured, although there is some smoke and water damage. 
 
Elective surgeries are expected to resume, Friday, on a limited basis. 

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