Hot water leak at Mercy clears some staff; no patients affected

HealthSt. Paul StreetDan CollinsMercy Medical Center (Baltimore, Maryland)

Hot water began leaking from a pipe on the fifth floor of Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore Saturday afternoon, causing a very brief evacuation of some medical staff, but had no effect on patients, according to officials.

The Baltimore Fire Department received a call for a "pipe burst" on the fifth floor of the Mary Catherine Bunting Center in the 300 block of St. Paul Street about 2:30 p.m. Staff were evacuated for about 15 minutes while fire officials worked to shut off the water valve. It was unclear how much water was released; hospital officials said they are investigating the cause of the leak.

The fifth floor contains a surgery preparation area and some empty space where a new pain center is planned, said Dan Collins, a Mercy spokesman. The area is part of a 20-story, $450 million tower erected at the medical center in 2010.

"Patients were never impacted in any way," said Collins.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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