Leaking gas forces VA hospital evacuation

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An apparent leak of a chemical chemical used to sterilize equipment at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center forced an evacuation for about an hour Sunday, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.


Firefighters responded to an alarm at the center, 3900 Woodland Avenue, shortly after 5 p.m. Ethylene oxide, a toxic gas used by the facility to sterilize equipment, had leaked and tripped internal sensors in the basement. About 100 people were evacuated to the lobby of the building while a hazmat team was called, said Captain William Dixon of the fire department.

An automatic venting system cleared the room of the gas, Dixon said, and by 6 p.m. the situation was reported contained and the evacuation ended, Dixon said.





Fire authorities were still investigating Sunday the exact source of the leak, Dixon said.



















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