NCH Downtown Hospital still dealing with power problems after fire

Naples Community Hospital

350 7th Street North, Naples, FL

— Nearly a month after a fire tore through NCH Downtown Naples Hospital’s central energy plant, the hospital’s air conditioning system is still operating on generator power.

However, officials are optimistic full power will be restored by Nov. 15, hospital spokeswoman Debbie Curry said.

“The critical circuits were restored to normal (Florida Power & Light) power within two days of the event,” Curry said.

The fire erupted around 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 12, spreading from the first floor electrical room to the second and third floors. Flames were seen on the exterior of the building’s second floor. Firefighters encountered thick, black smoke on the third.

More than two dozen Naples and North Naples firefighters arrived on scene to battle the blaze. Naples police temporarily closed a portion of Fourth Avenue North to traffic.

The fire appears to have been caused by an electrical malfunction. The entire hospital was on generator power for about 28 hours.

Naples-based First Call Restoration is heading up the clean-up efforts.

Connect with Ryan Mills at www.naplesnews.com/staff/ryan-mills/

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