Knoxville (WVLT) – Firefighters and maintenance crews at UT Medical Center have pinpointed the source of a strange odor at the hospital.
Steve Ross, Vice President for UT Medical Center says the odor was caused by a burned out bearing in an air unit in the hospital's East Pavilion.
Fire crews were called to the hospital at about 6:45 a.m. as a precaution after calls of a strong odor.
Ross says several hospital employees were treated for non-specific symptoms such as headaches and burning eyes, however he says not patients complained of any symptoms from the odor.
The hospital stopped admitting all but emergency trauma patients for close to an hour while the source of the odor was determined.
Ross says the hospital has resumed normal operations and crews are working to fix the malfunctioning air unit.
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