Lightning hits Dosher Hospital Sunday morning

Lightning hits Dosher Hospital Sunday morning
Crews on scene are Dosher Hospital takes a direct hit from lightning.

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) - Crews responded to Dosher Memorial Hospital early Sunday morning after lightning hit the building.

According to a Facebook post from the Southport Fire Department, no one was hurt and all operations are back to normal at 2:40 a.m.

Units have cleared Dosher Hospital now. All is ok and operations restored. Dosher suffered a direct hit from...

Posted by Southport Fire Department on Saturday, August 17, 2019

Several agencies responded along with the Southport Fire Department including Oak Island Fire, Boiling Spring Lakes Fire, Brunswick County EMS, and several others.

According to the post, Southport Police assisted on the scene with evacuation operations.

Sunday afternoon, the hospital released the following statement about the lightning strike:

"The hospital's master control switches were hit by lightning early Sunday morning at approximately 2:30 am.

The hospital had minimal lights and equipment for approximately one and a half hours, as the strike affected the generators that we normally rely on during a power outage. Fortunately, no one was injured by the lightning nor were any patients adversely affected.

Local police and firefighters were quick to act, as well as back up ambulances.

The hospital has returned to normal power with back up generators now available. We are in the process of inspecting all equipment to ensure normal functionality.

We offer a very special thanks to our first responders, the Dosher staff members who were on site and who ensured the safety of our patients, and our plant operations team for working through the night to help restore the hospital to optimal condition."

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