According to reports, several floors of BridgePoint Hospital Capitol Hill in Washington, DC have collapsed after an explosion involving mechanical equipment. The Hospital is located near the US Capitol.
Initially, there were reports of a generator falling down through several floors causing the damage.
Residents living in the nearby houses report hearing a large explosion from the hospital’s building.
A large number of fire and rescue members have reached the scene. No information yet on injuries.
According to Twitter user Alan Henney, the force of the blast blew out the chimney, causing damage to the upper floors. Image of the chimney embedded below:
— Leo Delgado (@leodelgadoacts) January 28, 2021
“Update Bridgepoint Hospital 200 block 7th St NE. This involves an explosion of mechanical equipment in basement. Force funneled up chimney shaft & caused damage several floors. #DCsBravest have confirmed no structural stability issues. 1 person transported non life threatening.” DC Fire and EMS said in a new update.
UPDATE: Initially, it was reported that the generator fell through several floors. However, according to the latest reports, the explosion caused damage to several floors, not the falling of the generator.