Officials said that on Friday, two people died when a steam pipe exploded on the campus of a Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut.
A hospital spokesperson said that the explosion occurred at around 8 am in a maintenance building located in VA but separate from the medical clinic.
Alfred Montoya, director of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Medical Center, said that three other workers suffered minor injuries when they exploded while replacing the steam pipe in the basement.
Montoya said one of the victims was a Navy veteran.
The Secretary of Virginia, Robert Wilkie, stated: “We received a report this morning that an explosion occurred at the West Haven campus of the Connecticut Health Care System in Virginia, killing two people in a non-patient care area. .”
“None of the victims were VA patients, and patient care was not affected. Emergency personnel were present. We pray for the families of the victims of this explosion.”
Medical services in Virginia, about 75 miles north of Midtown Manhattan, Virginia and 45 miles south of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, are expected to continue.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of D-Connecticut told reporters in Washington: “The hospital is continuing to operate and no patients should be affected. Obviously, the care of the hospital is the same as usual.”
Blumenthal and his colleague in Connecticut, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, both demanded a major overhaul of the West Haven campus and could not even completely replace it.
Blumenthal said: “The history of Virginia can be traced back to the 1950s. It is an old, dilapidated, outdated facility.” “It has a new outer shell, but it has structural defects.”
Murphy singled out the campus heating and air-conditioning system, which he called “too old.”
Murphy said: “Although they have made many upgrades, this is part of the reason why the entire campus really needs to be rebuilt.”
Authorities said that the local fire marshal and detectives of the State Police Department’s Fire and Explosives Investigation Team responded to the hospital at 950 Campbell Street in West Haven.
Democratic Senator James Maroney, representing West Haven, said in a statement: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed in the Virginia bombing.”
“I express my gratitude and appreciation to the first batch of responders who are dealing with this situation. We are waiting to find out what caused the explosion.”