CONCORD -- A burst sprinkler pipe in a waiting area has temporarily closed the Emerson Hospital emergency department Friday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The leak, which hospital Marketing and Public Affairs Director Bonnie Goldsmith said was caused by extreme cold, was patched before 3 p.m.

"Several patients in the Emergency Department were relocated to different ED treatment bays, but no patients were evacuated," Goldsmith wrote in a statement.

Cleanup is still underway at the hospital and workers are checking the electrical systems, Goldsmith said.

Scanner reports indicated the pipe burst shortly before 1:30 p.m. and the hospital began diverting ambulances soon after.


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