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Water leak at Thomas Memorial triggers fire alarm

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - No patients were diverted but some water damage was reported in a portion of Thomas Memorial Hospital Wednesday night. 

South Charleston Fire Department responded to a 10:30 p.m. fire call that turned out to be a water valve leak in the hospital's Clinical Pavilion, said Paige Johnson, director of marketing and public relations. It is unknown what triggered the fire alarm, she said.

There was reportedly minor damage on several floors of the pavilion.

"It was in the Clinical Pavilion," she said. "It was not in the patient care area. There was only cosmetic damage. We are extremely lucky that no equipment was damaged and no patients were harmed."

No care was disrupted, and no patients were diverted to any other facilities, Johnson said.

Charleston Area Medical Center spokesman Dale Witte said CAMC made room and plans in case any patients needed to be transferred.

The CAMC Twitter account stated that beds were open and physicians ready at Women & Children's to accept 21 patients after Memorial's sprinkler issue. It also noted they were accepting five NICU and eight nursery patients and their mothers.

It later noted that patients did not need to be transferred, but that CAMC staff members were on hand if needed.

CAMC experienced a water line break about a week ago.

"All services are still accessible and running as normal at this time. Our team responded rapidly and effectively," Johnson said.

Thomas Memorial was cleaning up the areas affected on Thursday morning. The cause of the leak is under investigation.


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