Mercy Cassville evacuated for fire

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
A Cassville Fire Protection District ladder truck was used to put out a fire on the roof of Mercy Hospital Monday morning. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

6 patients transported to Mercy Aurora

Mercy Hospital in Cassville was evacuated Monday morning due to a fire in an HVAC unit on top of the building.

Sonya Kullman, senior media relations specialist with Mercy Hospital, said the unit was above the operating room, and when the fire started, it set off the alarms.

Mercy Hospital in Cassville was evacuated due to a fire on Monday morning. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

“The damage is all water and smoke and was limited to about a quarter of the hospital in the post-surgery recovery area,” Kullman said. “The first was above the sprinklers, so they did not actually go off. All the water damage is from when the fire was being put out.”

Kullman said the fire marshal told hospital staff the blaze was accidental and limited to the HVAC unit. “That unit is about four years old and was one of our newer ones, and another one just like it was installed at the same time,” she said. “We are having that other unit checked out.”

When the fire occurred, the building was completely evacuated, and all patients were transported.

Cassville firefighters unhook a hose from the ladder truck used to put out out a fire on the roof of Mercy Hospital Monday morning. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

“Our staff did exactly as they were supposed to do, and we evacuated the six patients we had at the hospital,” Kulllman said. “We were holding them in ambulances outside and have transported all six to Mercy Hospital in Aurora.”

Kullman said the building remains completely closed as of Monday afternoon, and officials were waiting on air quality reports before determining when to reopen the clinic and ER.

“We have an ambulance and staff staged at the emergency room for anyone that drives up in need of care,” she said.

An array of Barry County first responders were at Mercy Hospital Monday morning after a fire on the roof forced an evacuation. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr said the call came in at 6:22 a.m. and Sgt. Donnie Privett was first on scene and noticed the flames and smoke coming from the roof area.

"He started assisting with evacuation," she said. "The Barry County Sheriff’s Office helped with the evacuation. Everyone exited the building and there were no injuries."

The blaze was extinguished after about 30 minutes.

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