UPDATE: The air conditioning is back on. Patients will not need to be evacuated.
Hospital officials say the facility never lost power, despite an alert from officials saying otherwise. The hospital officials said the explosion was caused by the failure of a chilled water pump.
The hospital released the following statement:
“At Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, our number one priority is the safety of our patients. Our hospital is fully functioning and caring for patients. Earlier tonight, a chilled water pump failed and over pressurized, causing a small mechanical failure in the central energy plant. The plant is located behind the hospital. We worked very closely with Pasco County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel never lost power and did not need to go on generators. The hospital did lose air conditioning for about two hours. Due to the malfunction, the CT scan is down so a few patients are being transferred to Florida Hospital Tampa.”
PREVIOUS STORY: WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) – An explosion in the central plant of Florida Hospital at 2600 Bruce B. Downs Blvd in Wesley Chapel caused the facility to lose power Tuesday evening. Power has been restored, however, the hospital is still without air conditioning.
There were no reports of injuries after the explosion, according to Pasco County government officials.
The explosion occurred around 6:20 p.m., and first responders were on hand Tuesday evening working with the hospital on the situation.
Approximately 120 patients will be evacuated.
Stay with WFLA.com for the latest on this developing story.