Around 650 surgical fires are reported yearly in America, though many are believed to fall under the radar.
the nature of the operation were also censored, the newspaper reports.
The incident happened in December 2014 amid a 'failure' in communications 'between the surgeon and anesthesiologist,' who, the report said, was not aware the instrument would be used 'in the presence of oxygen.'
The heavily redacted report said: 'When the surgeon used the (redacted) in the presence of oxygen, there was a spark escalating to a surgical fire that involved the (redacted) and the (redacted) and the patient.'
Investigators were told that a fire-risk assessment had been carried out before the surgery.
But the Department of Health declared an ‘immediate jeopardy situation’ on December 30, 2014 when they found no evidence of an ‘immediate plan’ to stop a repeat of the incident.
Around 650 surgical fires are reported yearly in America, though many are believed to fall under the radar, and there is no national database documenting the cases.