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Burst pipe leads to evacuations at Massachusetts hospital

March 31, 2019

STOUGHTON, Mass. (AP) — About two dozen patients, some of whom are on life support, have been evacuated from a Massachusetts rehabilitation hospital after a pipe burst inside the building.

Police in Stoughton say officers and firefighters responded to Curahealth Stoughton just before 9 a.m. Sunday for reports of a burst pipe in the long-term acute care unit.

Police in a Facebook post say “Water began to pour into the unit at a rapid rate.”

Fire Chief Michael Laracy says of the 22 people evacuated, seven or eight were on ventilators.

He says there was fear of a power outage with water up to four inches deep in the building.

Ambulances from several surrounding communities responded to help medical staff move the patients to other hospitals.

A message was left at the hospital.