Ambulances from across the region were helping to evacuate Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee after a gas leak was reported on Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
The gas leak evacuation is unrelated to a Grant County wildfire evacuation that was announced around the same time.
The gas leak was reported at about 3:30 p.m. It originated in the hospital’s laboratory, but its nature is unknown, Grant County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Kyle Foreman said.
The hospital is smaller, but is a “vital lifeline for the community,” Foreman said. About 25 patients were still in the process of being transported to different facilities as of 5 p.m., he said.
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