Ceiling sprinkler dampens third floor at LAMC

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By The Staff

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) experienced a break in a fire protection sprinkler line around noon Saturday.


The leak manifested in an unoccupied area on the third. Rooms on the second floor medical/surgical units also were impacted, as were some non-patient care areas on the first floor.


By 12:30 p.m., the broken line had been isolated and turned off, said LAMC Chief Executive Officer Wally Vette, who added that domestic water in the facility was never turned off.


Patient care and safety were never compromised, he said, and patients in affected areas were moved to other units. Visitors were informed of patient room changes.


Cleanup efforts, including disinfecting procedures, and damage assessments began immediately. Hospital services continued throughout the episode, Vette said.


Because the leak originated in the fire protection system, fire alarms were triggered and the Los Alamos Fire Department responded.


“We greatly appreciate LAFD,” Vette said. “They were quick to respond and were very, very helpful. They went above and beyond their normal duties to aid LAMC.”


He also thanked directors and other staff who were called in to assist, many were participating in ChamberFest activities in the downtown area.