General Hospital lab workers back on job after false fire call
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.