MANCHESTER — A small fire on Friday morning prompted the evacuation of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Manchester for about an hour, the Manchester Fire Department said.
Dozens of employees and patients waited in a parking lot while firefighters extinguished the fire. No one was hurt. The Fire Department blamed the fire on workers using a plasma cutter, a tool that generates super-heated ionized gas to cut through strong material such as steel.
The fire was reported at 7:51 a.m., and under control by 8:38 a.m.
The fire department said workers were using the plasma cutter on structural steel in the loading dock. The heat came in contact with organic material in the void space between the brick veneer and interior finish. The fire department ripped into the interior wall and extinguished the fire with a dry chemical agent.
Dozens of employees and patients waited in a parking lot while firefighters went to work. The fire department said the evacuation lasted about an hour, and the interior air was monitored before occupants returned.