UPDATED: Power restored to Civic hospital following 'electrical fault'
The Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus is operating on full power again, after switching emergency power because of an electrical fire in a service building.
Ottawa Fire says it was called to the hospital on Friday around 9:50 a.m. after staff reported seeing smoke from a high voltage vault in the service area of the building.
Upon arrival, crews discovered an "electrical fault" and declared a working fire shortly after to ensure enough firefighters were on scene should the scene escalate.
Fire says flames were never spotted.
Crews with Hydro Ottawa were called to the scene to assist firefighters locate and isolate the electrical circuits.
Hydro Ottawa said the vault and equipment belong to the hospital so their own contractors are working to fix it.
The hospital says operated on emergency power until "full power" could be restored to the civic campus. It says no patients were affected or evacuated.
Power was reported to be restored at around 5:15 p.m.
Approximately 12 staff members were temporarily forced to leave their "service building."
Ottawa Paramedics were diverting all non-urgent calls to other hospitals for part of the day, but have since returned to transporting patients as normal.
All diversions from Civic Hospital have been terminated. Paramedics are now transporting patients as usual. #ottnews— Ottawa Paramedic Svc (@OttawaParamedic) January 12, 2018
La distribution des patients est revenue à la normale avec l'hôpital Civic. #iciottgat@Leeds_Grenville @LanarkMedic @CUPR_UCPR
Some elective surgeries and outpatient appointments were cancelled on Friday.