Monday, March 25, 2013
Texas Health Plano employee burned in chemical fire
The employee suffered minor burns to his hands, face, and scalp.
PLANO An employee at Texas Health Presbyterian Plano suffered minor injuries after a chemical-induced flash fire occurred in a basement-level hospital lab this morning.
The employee, who was a member of the hospital's cleaning crew, was mixing chemical supplies when a chemical reaction sparked the fire, said Captain Peggy Harrell of Plano Fire-Rescue.
The employee suffered minor burns to his hands, face, and scalp and was able to make his own way to the hospital emergency room, Harrell said.
Fire crews arrived at 10:30 a.m., by which time employees had already self-evacuated the area. A hazardous materials team was also called out due to test for traces of chemicals in the air.
The scene was cleared by crews around 12:15 p.m., Harrell said. The lab where the fire occurred was closed temporarily and has since reopened.
The building in which the lab is located had no patient rooms, and no patients or visitors were affected by the incident, said Jennifer Erickson, Texas Health Plano spokeswoman.
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