Full power has been restored to the main trauma center in Prince George's County after fire in a boiler room Thursday night. It forced Prince George's Hospital Center to run on emergency backup generator power.
Getting everything back to normal may take weeks.
For most of this Friday it looked like a ghost town outside Prince George's Hospital Center. The driveway outside the normally bustling emergency department was vacant. No ambulances allowed or trauma patients who'd be flown in by helicopter. All elective surgeries canceled for the day. The hospital on what it calls mini-disaster status.
“I'm happy to report the Prince George's Hospital Center is currently fully functional. However... we cannot give the all clear because our building is still cooling down to the appropriate temperatures," said Erika Murray with the Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Hospital Spokeswoman Erika Murray says generators trucked in overnight are now running the hospital's cooling system. But it would take hours to bring down temperatures and humidity levels needed to create a sterile environment and allow some machinery and equipment to work safely.