May 17, 2022, Lebanon, NH – Building Fire - Alice Peck Day Hospital
At 1537 hours the Lebanon Fire Department was dispatched to Alice Peck Day Hospital for a 911 call reporting smoke in the emergency room and adjoining hallway. Upon signing on Lebanon Captain Wheatley upgraded the response to a 1st alarm assignment. Upon arrival at 1541 hours Captain Wheatley reported a moderate smoke condition and an active fire above the ceiling in an unoccupied patient room. Lebanon Car 1 arrived at 1543 and Chief Christopoulos assumed command. Personnel were directed to the exterior of the building near the involved patient room to access the roof to find the location of the fire. The fire was contained to combustible materials between the ceiling and roof deck and once exposed was quickly extinguished. Additional mutual aid personnel performed ventilation and air monitoring to determine the need to evacuate patients around the fire. Based on reported conditions from this operation command determined that patients could protect in place in their respective patient rooms. The incident was declared under control at 1607 hours. Lebanon personnel were assisted by the Lebanon Police Department, Hartford, VT, Hanover, NH, Enfield, NH and Canaan, NH Fire personnel on scene. Canaan Ambulance and Plainfield, NH and Woodstock, VT Fire Departments provided coverage in Lebanon. There were no injuries and property damage was limited to the roof deck. The fire was determined to be accidental and caused by hot work being done by contractors working on the roof. All units cleared the scene at 1641 hours. It is important to note that while this call was active, the fire department was dispatched to four medical calls. These calls were managed by Lebanon, Hanover, and Canaan Ambulances.