Gas explosion at Lismore hospital
Surgery has been suspended at a northern NSW private hospital and a staff member is suffering serious injuries after a gas-fuelled explosion.
Fire crews were called to Lismore’s St Vincents Private Hospital just before 6pm (AEST) on Thursday after reports of a “vapour explosion”.
The blaze was quickly extinguished but patients were relocated within the hospital.
A maintenance worker at the hospital suffered serious burns in the blast, a Fire Brigades spokesman told AAP.
Investigations are now underway to determine the cause of the explosion.
Hospital chairman Frank Hannigan said the problem followed the rupture of an underground gas pipe at Lismore, which prompted the gas supply to the hospital to be switched off.
“Upon being advised later in the day by authorities gas was available, gas was turned on ... resulting in a fire from unknown causes,” Mr Hannigan said in a statement on Friday.
One of three wards at the hospital was evacuated overnight.
Theatres will not operate on Friday but are expected to be back to normal on Monday.
The hospital says patients were not in danger during the incident. - AAP.