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Small fire extinguished at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fire and emergency officials responded on Thursday to the WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital campus following a fire-related incident at the facility.

Crews were called to the hospital shortly after 11 a.m. and cleared the scene at 2:35 p.m. The cause of the fire and smoke was attributed to facility work underway at the hospital. 

Nobody was injured as a result of the incident. However, a significant amount of smoke in the building resulted in 19 patients being moved to other units within the building.

“As always, the safety of our patients and staff remain our top priority,” said Jane Hyde, senior vice president of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. 

“Our staff prepare and train regularly for incidents like today’s that we hope will never happen.  The emergency responders have ensured that the hospital is safe and we are preparing for our services to be available on Friday,” said Hyde.

The hospital’s emergency department remains open for care. In addition, WellSpan Urgent Care remains open today until 8 p.m. for those seeking non-emergency care. WellSpan Urgent Care is located at 455 South Washington St., Gettysburg. 

Outpatient services at the hospital will operate on Friday as scheduled. Remediation work on the areas of the hospital impacted by the incident is already underway.

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