Smell Forces Evacuation of Houston Hospital E.R.

Smell Forces Evacuation of Houston Hospital E.R.

News Mar 25, 2007

One of the city's busiest emergency rooms was evacuated Friday morning because of a chemical smell, KPRC Local 2 reported.

The emergency room at Ben Taub Hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center, was placed on internal disaster mode and evacuated shortly after 8:30 a.m. Ambulances were diverted to other facilities.

Patients were taken outside as a precaution because of the strong smell. The evacuation was lifted shortly after 9 a.m. when the smell dissipated.

"We maintained our operations on the upper floors," said Brian Mcleod from Ben Taub Hospital. "It was just as a precaution until we can determine what happened. HAZMAT says it's safe to resume operations."

Officials are searching for the source.

Hospital patients were not affected.

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