Children's Hospital monitors air quality after deli fire

7:50 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Industrial-sized air filters are being used Thursday night at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis to ensure air quality isn't compromised.  The air filters were brought in following a two-alarm fire at the neighboring Chicago Food and Deli.

"There were certain areas of our hospital where you could see and smell smoke," said Dr. Phil Kibort, the Chief Medical Officer at Children's Hospital.  "Our number one concern was for our patients."

The fire gutted the deli and corner store and sent smoke seeping into the hospital.  Air intake ducts had to be closed and hospital staff put the entire building on an internal "orange alert," meaning an incident command center was established.

Hospital officials say of the 200 patients admitted nobody was harmed.

"Nobody's condition worsened as a result of this," says Dr. Kibort.  "We brought in air filters and had masks for those who needed them."

Radiology apointments and elective surgeries were suspended, but emergency services were never interrupted.  All services should be fully functioning by Friday.

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