Damaged sprinkler prompts hospital callout

Fire crews were called to Southland Hospital this morning after a sprinkler was damaged, setting off an alarm. Photo: Abbey Palmer
A reporter at the scene saw crowds of people standing outside the back and front entrances to the main block of the hospital. Photo: Abbey Palmer
Southland Hospital was partially evacuated following a sprinkler alarm activation this morning.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman confirmed two appliances were sent to the hospital about 10am this morning.

“There was a sprinkler alarm activation after it was accidentally damaged by a workman.”

A reporter at the scene saw crowds of people standing outside the back and front entrances to the main block of the hospital.

The evacuated staff and patients re-entered the hospital about 10.30am.

Down the road, about the same time, a power pole caught fire on Avon Rd off Bluff Highway.

The spokesman confirmed firefighters attended after reports of a transformer smoking.

The crew was on standby until a power company arrived and took over.

 

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