Fire Chief Jon Pose said the hospital imposed its emergency disaster plan and is no longer accepting new patients until the crisis is dealt with.
Pose said that hospital administrators are meeting to come up with a response plan to the problems.
Both city and police sources said they have heard the same news from the hospital, but hospital officials have been unavailable.
Pose said that an alarm came in for the broken steam pipe, but it was considered a routine issue and nobody responded. It doesn't appear the break posed any hazard in itself.
Both the police and fire departments are prepared to lend a hand to the hospital if they can help, officials said.
The hospital has a steam-generated power plant that provides it with heat, hot water and steam.
It isn't clear how long the crisis may gone on or what steps the hospital may need to take. It doesn't appear that patients are in any danger.*******
Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.
Contact Steve Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org