Crews fight two-alarm fire after explosion at Delta Medical Center
(WMC) - A weather-related explosion at a Memphis hospital will cost more than $1 million in damages.
Memphis Fire Department crews battled a two-alarm fire at Delta Medical Center, which is a surgical and psychiatric hospital in Memphis.
A natural gas line caught fire Thursday at the center's maintenance building, which is not connected to the main building. Traffic was affected at Getwell and Knight Arnold roads, where five or six fire trucks were on the scene.
According to Dr. James "Bo" Adams, who left the doctor's building of the medical center, no one in the hospital was significantly affected, but he says some people were shifted in the hospital.
According to MFD Lt. Wayne Cooke, ICU patients were sent to other hospitals. Other than a firefighter with an ankle injury, no one else was hurt.
"We never really extinguished that fire, because the potential for the fire to go back up, the gas lines, and it potentially could cause an explosion," said Cooke.
Hospital officials say the storm caused a transformer to blow and ruptured a gas line on the general campus.
A spokesperson for Delta Medical Center provided the following statement:
Following the hospital's emergency protocol, patients and visitors were moved to a location in the hospital in safe distance from the area where responders were working. All patients, visitors, and staff remain safe and unhurt.
Flames sent thick smoke into the air around Delta Medical that is surrounded by a neighborhood.
"I heard a big blast right before the storm," said witness Reginald Todd.
It took more than two hours to contain the fire. The gas line has been secured.