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Santa Rosa Medical Facility Evacuated After Explosion Involving A Tanker Truck

July 18, 2018 - 4:17 pm
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SANTA ROSA (KCBS Radio) — The Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Offices was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after an explosion involving a tanker truck transporting liquid oxygen.

Kaiser Permanente says there was an explosion in the parking lot of Kaiser's North Campus on Old Redwood Highway around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Santa Rosa Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshall Paul Lowenthal tells KCBS Radio the entire facility was evacuated and locked down and significant numbers of fire, law enforcement and EMS crews responded, working with hazmat crews, Kaiser officials and the gas distributor to clear the scene.

The incident also promped officials to shut down Highway 101 in both directions between Bicentennial Way and River Road as well as surrounding roads, all of which have been re-opened.

Lowenthal stresses the incident did not involve the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Santa Rosa which is about one mile away.

Lowenthal says the facility was been shut down as a precuation because the incident involved liquid cryogenic oxygen and compressed air and there are concerns about the direction of the wind, although nearby neighborhoods were not evacuated as the incident remained contained to a 300 foot radius.

Kaiser says no employees or patients were injured and there was no damage to any of the buildings. Medical personnel were able to return to the buildings after a few hours and all buildings will be fully re-opened on Thursday.