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Smoke evacuates part of California hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, July 31, 2014

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A smoky air-conditioning system was the cause of partial evacuation of a Santa Rosa, California hospital July 21, according to a report in The Press Democrat.

Firefighters were called to Memorial Hospital just before midnight for a report of smoke in the intensive care unit, reports said. Staff members were being evacuated and a plan to remove intensive care patients from the hospital’s second floor was being worked out when firefighters arrived.

After further investigation, the problem was found to be a broken belt in the air conditioning system, that caused light smoke to fill the intensive care unit, the report said. No one was injured in the incident.  

 



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