Firefighters respond to call inside St. Vincent's Medical Center

Fire suppression system causes loud noisce mistaken for explosion

By Steve Patrick - News4Jax digital managing editor, Elizabeth Campbell - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Firefighters were called to St. Vincent's Medial Center in Riverside Monday afternoon when the cooling system of one of the hospital's CT scanners malfunctioned and the fire-suppression system that kicked in made a loud noise that some reported as an explosion.

The suppression system that is designed to suck oxygen out of the room. The call prompted dozens of firefighters to race to the hospital.

While the activation created some disruption, there was no damage and no injuries.

"The area was inspected by JFRD and determined to be safe. There was no fire and staff maintained the safety of our patients at all times," St. Vincent's spokesman Kye Sieg said.

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