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Newborns evacuated from Johnson City hospital due to smoke

Staff Report • Feb 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Greeneville Sun is reporting that the Johnson City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke in the nursery of Johnson City Specialty Hospital at 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday.The Specialty Hospital is a part of Mountain States Health Alliance and is located at 203 E. Watauga Ave.The Johnson City Fire Department said in a press release, "Units were dispatched to the hospital for a reported fire and smoke in the building. The call came from a manual pull-station alarm activation and calls from staff to Washington County 911."Units were on-scene within two minutes of dispatch" about 11:40 p.m. "There was no smoke visible on the exterior of the hospital. The hospital staff was in the process of evacuating the patients to the parking lot."Fire crews made entry to the hospital to attempt to located the origin of the smoke. Upon entry to the nursery area, moderate smoke was found in the hallway and rooms. The smoke was not very active and appeared to not be coming from an active fire ...."Firefighters were able to account for all patients and staff quickly with the assistance of security and nursing staff assistance. The hospital had 11 adult patients, including one in active labor, and eight newborns."All the adult patients and newborns were transferred to Johnson City Medical Center by Washington County EMS. The transfer was done strictly as a precaution and the cool temperatures outside. The transfers were conducted quickly and efficiently.

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