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Electrical problem at Saint Francis moves 30 patients from emergency department

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An electrical problem forced St. Francis Hospital to relocate 30 patients on Thursday. (WFSB photo) An electrical problem forced St. Francis Hospital to relocate 30 patients on Thursday. (WFSB photo)
Reported fire forces 30 patients out of Saint Francis emergency department (WFSB) Reported fire forces 30 patients out of Saint Francis emergency department (WFSB)
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hartford fire officials responded to what was initially reported as a fire at Saint Francis Hospital on Thursday night. It turned out to be a transformer explosion that caused an electrical problem.

Hospital officials said 30 patients had to be moved.

The patients were relocated after reports of fire or smoke coming from somewhere inside of the emergency department.

Fire officials said there was not a fire, but an electrical problem such as a short or an equipment failure.

"We were called for an electrical problem," said Chief Scott Brady, Hartford Fire Department. "[It was] more of an odor, smoke sucked into exhaust system. [There was] no fire. We're metering the building to show there are no elevated levels of dangerous gases in the building."

Officials said a transformer exploded behind the John T. O'Connell Tower on Ashley Street. The building houses the emergency department as well as other patient care areas.

Smoke filtered into the area, prompting the relocation of patients to other areas of the hospital.

Incoming patients were being diverted to area hospitals.

Some areas of the hospital were on back-up generators.

Fire crews shut down the mechanical systems, and vented and restored the alarm system.

Marisol Cortes was discharged on Thursday night after being hit by a car earlier in the day. She was on the second floor when everything happened, just a few doors down.

"I was in the trauma unit and all of a sudden the lights started coming on and off and smoke started coming out through the vent," she said.

Hospital officials said they were operating on emergency power until Eversource gave the ok to resume normal power operations.

No one was hurt as a result of the incident.

All emergency services for the hospital are available.

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