D.C. hospital catches fire during record snowfall

Emergency Management Alert, February 9, 2010

During the storm that brought record snow fall to the mid-Atlantic states, impassable roadways, and power outages to thousands, Washington Hospital Center was also dealing with a fire.

According to, a local radio news Web site, fire originated after a nearby snow plow truck caught fire. The vehicle was ablaze in the maintenance area at the ground floor of the eight-story building. After smoke and heat set off alarms, patients were evacuated into the auditorium of the building. No one was hurt.

Meanwhile, many mid-Atlantic area residents dealt with power outages and blocked roadways. Some area hospitals asked volunteers with four-wheel-drive vehicles to pick up doctors and nurses to take them to work, according to the local CBS affiliate.

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