Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Hospital Chemical Leak Suspected as ER, OR Evacuated

Hospital Chemical Leak Suspected as ER, OR Evacuated

The incident was classified as a mass casualty incident, meaning that multiple people may have been injured by the odor.

Emergency personnel from around the Seacoast responded to Exeter Hospital Friday, where employee complaints of nausea and dizziness resulted in a partial evacuation.

A portion of Exeter Hospital was evacuated Friday.

Aerial images show several hospital beds with patients in a roped off area outside the hospital.

State and local officials are still working to determine a cause.

Multiple Staff Members Treated Following'Chemical Release
Multiple Staff Members Treated Following'Chemical Release

Calls for assistance were made at about 11:15 am.

Epping Fire said it was dispatched for a "carbon monoxide problem". At this time, the cause is unknown.

Fire and police officials were at the scene investigating the incident. No patients experienced any symptoms. Other areas of the hospital remain open, according to hospital spokeswoman Debra Vasapoli.

The number of patients increased to about 20 as the morning went on and the emergency department and operating room were closed out an "abundance of caution", Deb Vasapoli told Boston 25 News.

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