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Hot water, heat restored at Haven Place

LOCK HAVEN — Haven Place now has hot water and heat.

That’s the word from UPMC Communications Manager Tyler Wagner in an update of repairs to the UPMC Lock Haven Hospital which was closed last Thursday after a boiler fire. The damage also affected Haven Place located directly behind the hospital.

“The mobile boilers have been activated and as of Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m., hot water and heat was restored to Haven Place. Staff continues to monitor the conditions of the facility, ensuring the safety and comfort of the residents. Additionally, leaders have been communicating updates with residents, family members, and our staff, and all concerns are being addressed,” Wagner said in a prepared release.

That’s welcome news for staff at Haven Place, who had expressed concern for the approximately 80 patients there who had been without hot water and heat since the fire.

Wagner said UPMC hopes to an update on the extent of damage to the hospital from the local and state health officials soon so we can share the timeline for reopening services safely at the hospital,” Wagner continued.

Meanwhile, the cause of the fire, which began in an underground tunnel from the hospital to the boiler room, remains under investigation.

Initially, it’s been reported that a chemical sealant being used to close off the no-longer-used tunnel caused a reaction and started the fire. Toxic smoke quickly spread throughout the area, closing the hospital and evacuating all 14 patients to other UPMC facilities.

Wagner said UPMC is taking additional measures to further ensure everyone’s safety as it continues efforts to provide the highest quality care to residents at Haven Place and reopen the hospital.

“The compassion and care of UPMC and the Lock Haven community has been on full display since the fire. We’re grateful to all of those who’ve contributed to our journey toward restoring services, and we remain committed to our mission of delivering life changing medicine in Lock Haven,” Wagner continued.

He said further updates will be released as they become available.

Meanwhile, UPMC advises:

• Patients with upcoming scheduled surgeries or appointments will be contacted to reschedule. Those in need of emergency care should call 9-1-1.

• Updates on the reopening of UPMC Lock Haven will be made available through UPMC Susquehanna’s Facebook page and on our website, UPMCSusquehanna.org.

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