Pipe bust leads to false alarm at hospital

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

January 13, 2014

Freezing weather may have contributed to a pipe bursting at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

The Elkin Fire Department was dispatched to the hospital at 6:55 p.m.

“A burst pipe, related to the extreme cold weather we’ve recently had, caused a false alarm. The situation was immediately resolved and, thankfully, no damage resulted from the burst pipe,” said Lori Gywnn, a spokesperson for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.

According to fire officials, the department departed within the hour at 7:40 p.m.

Records indicate that the Arlington Fire and Rescue located in Jonesville was called to the scene at the request of the Elkin Fire Department.

It is unknown on the reason why a neighboring fire department would be called to a false alarm.

Calls to Chief Tommy Wheeler of the Elkin Fire Department and Chief Kevin Macemore of Arlington Fire and Rescue were not returned by press deadline.

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