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Fire outside UNC Hospitals closes bridge to parking deck

Posted July 7

A bridge linking UNC Hospitals with the Dogwood Parking Deck was closed Monday after a fire underneath the walkway left it damaged. (Photo by Alan Walton)

— A bridge linking UNC Hospitals with the Dogwood Parking Deck was closed Monday after a fire underneath the walkway left it damaged.

Five golf carts were destroyed in the fire, according to Tom Hughes, a spokesman for UNC Hospitals. He said the blaze happened at 2:30 a.m. in a parking lot about 100 yards from the front of the hospital.

Firefighters from Chapel Hill extinguished the flames in about 15 minutes, and no one was hurt.

Investigators said the fire started with a battery malfunction on a golf cart parked near the valet stand outside the hospital.

Visitors are advised to use care in crossing Manning Drive at street level, as the traffic signal is also out. 

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  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 7, 2:03 p.m.

    There is a second bridge from the parking deck to the hospital. This fire just closed one of two bridges.

  • scvmcdoc Jul 7, 1:43 p.m.

    "Visitors are advised to use care in crossing Manning Drive at street level, as the traffic signal is also out."
    Considering how many visitors and employees will have to cross Manning Drive at the street level maybe Campus or Hospital Police should place an officer there to direct traffic until the light is fixed?????