Ambulances respond to 'mass casualty incident' at Exeter Hospital


A union leader says multiple ambulances are making their way to the hospital for a report of a "mass casualty incident".

- Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire was evacuated Friday morning and extra ambulances were called in after reports of an odor in the emergency room, according to the local firefighters' union.

"At this time we still have not been able to identify the cause, but obviously we're working diligently to do that", Vasapolli said.

The turmoil started shortly before 9am, with five staff members in Exeter Hospital's operating room complaining of nausea. The fire department said it may have been caused by a carbon dioxide or anesthesia chemical leak.

Fire and police officials were at the scene investigating the incident. The emergency room and operating room are now closed but the rest of the hospital is still open. No patients at the hospital had any similar symptoms, she said. "We're looking at cleaning fluids that could have been used in the hospital", he told the newspaper. Other areas of the hospital remain open, according to hospital spokeswoman Debra Vasapoli.