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Fayetteville VA hospital plagued by smoke, water

Posted December 9, 2010

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— For the second day in a row, operations at the Fayetteville Veteran Affairs Medical Center were disrupted Thursday because of a building problem.

A faulty power strip overheated in a basement office shortly after 11 a.m., causing smoke to be released into nearby hallways, spokesman Ed Drohan said. All patients and staff members were removed from the immediate area in the interests of safety, he said.

The emergency room and inpatient care areas of the hospital weren't affected, Drohan said.

The emergency room reopened at 8 a.m. Thursday after being closed much of Wednesday because a broken water pipe flooded the area.

The 2.5-inch pipe on the second story of the hospital burst at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Water flooded the radiology department and many outpatient clinics in the basement, Drohan said.

Most outpatient clinics reopened at noon Thursday, but the operating room remained closed until staffers could ensure everything in the area was sterilized, he said.


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  • lauraleigh Dec 9, 2010

    Well, and our govt has demonstrated a decided lack of appreciation for our vets, too. The VA hospital system provides a wonderful service to veterans. My dad died in the VA hospital in Fayetteville, 20 years ago, and the staff there at that time were wonderful; they took as good care of our family as they did of Dad.

    I'd like to see some of the politicians get knocked down a peg or two, be required to utilize the VA system. Then they'd put some proper funds into keeping facilities and services up-to-date!

  • RB-1 Dec 9, 2010

    Not good.

    So many of the patients there have breathing problems to begin with.