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UPDATE: MORE DETAILS – Firefighters Called To Spencer Hospital

Spencer, Iowa — (RI) — Fire forced the evacuation of patients from Spencer Hospital Monday night.

The Spencer Fire Department says the call was received at 5:12 p.m. for a fire in the southwest corner of the hospital. Susan Zulk, the hospital’s vice president of marketing, explains what happened.

She says both workers left the area after the alarm sounded and the automatic fire suppression system extinguished the threat.

A total of 16 patients were transferred to area facilities but the Spencer Hospital president says at no time were patients or hospital employees in danger. Hospital officials anticipate having the surgery center reopen later this week.

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Posted 8:41pm January 21, 2019

Spencer, Iowa — Fire crews were called to the Spencer Hospital after an employee reportedly smelled smoke and saw some sparks early Monday evening.

According to fire officials the fire was contained to a room in the surgical sterilization area of the facility. Officials say the hospital’s fire protection system had extinguished the fire by the time fire crews arrived.

Officials say that heavy smoke forced the evacuation of a few of the hospital’s patients who were transported to other area hospitals.

At last report no official cause of the fire had been determined, nor was a damage estimate available.

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Original post 6:15pm January 21, 2019

Spencer, Iowa — Firefighters have been called to the Spencer Municipal Hospital for what one person says is a big fire.

Sources tell KIWA that the fire is in the Emergency Department at Spencer Hospital, and that the hospital’s patients are being evacuated.

KIWA reached out to the Clay County Communications Center, but they declined to provide any information, instead telling us we’d have to call back tomorrow for a press release.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.