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Fire crews action stops flood at Royal Hampshire County Hospital
9:38am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
QUICK-thinking firefighters stopped a flood at a Hampshire hospital last night.
A leak sprung in the boiler room of Nightingale Wing at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, at around 2am.
Two appliances attended from Winchester, quickly building a makeshift dam to collect the water.
Crew manager Vince Barnes said: “There was an issue with the boiler room on the roof but the flooding was contained to corridors and fortunately there was no need to evacuate any patients.
“The flooding was serious enough for us to set up a dam in the lower ground floor to catch all the water. It was an improvised thing, using ladders and sheets. Meanwhile the leak was isolated fairly rapidly so we were only out there for around an hour-and-a-half.
“It happened at a good time for us to get our heads round how to deal with it!”
Crew manager Barnes added there was no serious damage caused by the water.
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