Gen­eral Hospi­tal lab work­ers back on job af­ter false fire call

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A Gen­eral Hospi­tal lab­o­ra­tory is in the clear af­ter fire­fight­ers rushed to a call Wed­nes­day morn­ing in­di­cat­ing it was filled with smoke.

Fire depart­ment spokesper­son Steve McArthur said fire­fight­ers found no fire or smoke, but did find a haze in­side the lab when they ar­rived around 10:15 a.m.

The Clin­i­cal Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory and Biobank is lo­cated un­der­neath the hospi­tal park­ing garage at the north end of the Gen­eral prop­erty but not at­tached to the hospi­tal.

McArthur said the haze is be­lieved to have come from a grind­ing ma­chine work­ing on the park­ing garage. Par­ti­cles aren’t be­lieved to have en­tered the lab’s ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem. The air ex­change sys­tem was turned off and the air cleared, he said, adding lab work­ers were able to re­turn to work.

Hamil­ton Health Sci­ences’s Lil­lian Badzioch said 10 to 15 staff work in the lab.

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