Electrical problem causes smoke in St. Francis E.R., forces patients to be moved

(WTNH/Bob Wilson)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Thirty patients were moved from the St. Francis Hospital Emergency Room and patients on their way to the hospital were diverted after an electrical problem caused smoke in the emergency room Thursday night, officials say.

“We got called for an electrical problem which created an odor in the building,” said Hartford Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brady. “We came out and metered the building to make sure there were no dangerous gases, there was no fire. We’re working with the crews at the hospital to make sure the building is safe before they bring the patients back.”

Fire officials say a transformer exploded and patients could see smoke coming from vents. They don’t believe anyone was injured in the incident.

Full power was restored around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

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