Boiler room pipe burst didn't stop patient care at Fargo hospital, Essentia says

FARGO — There was no impact to patient care at Essentia Health-Fargo's hospital on 32nd Avenue after a pipe burst early Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, causing its heating system to temporarily shut down.

Firefighters first responded to a fire call at 8:13 a.m. at the hospital. When they arrived, emergency responders realized a pipe had burst in the boiler room. Steaming coolant mixture pouring from the pipe set off fire alarms, making it appear there was a fire.

Hundreds of gallons of a glycol-water mixture that spilled from the pipe needed to be cleaned up.

Repairs on the heating system were completed by Tuesday evening and the temporary shutdown didn't affect hospital operations, Essentia spokesperson Tara Ekren said in a statement. A fire official said early Tuesday that the building is well insulated and would retain heat for a while if its boiler was shut down.