Smoke inside Stuart hospital prompts operating room evacuation

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 12:06 PM EDT
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Fire crews responded to Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital in Stuart on Tuesday morning after smoke was spotted inside the building.

Hospital Spokesman Scott Samples said the smoke was reported shortly after 10 a.m. in a hallway of the operating rooms.

Officials said the smoke entered the hospital from work being performed on the roof of the building.

"The safety of our patients, caregivers and visitors is our first priority. We immediately began our normal safety precautions and evacuated the (operating room)," Samples said in a written statement.

Fire rescue was called to the scene and arrived a short time later.

Samples said the all-clear was given by 11:15 a.m.

No patients, caregivers or visitors were injured.

"We will begin the process of deep cleaning all of our (operating rooms) as part of standard safety precautions and anticipate returning to normal operations today," Samples said.

Chopper 5 flew over the hospital at about 11:30 a.m. and spotted a fire truck departing the hospital.

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