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Fire At Mercy Cassville Forces Evacuation Of Patients


Mercy Hospital Cassville remains closed today after a fire.  The Monday morning fire forced the evacuation of six patients and staff members.

Smoke detectors sounded around 6:30 a.m., and patients were evacuated to ambulances.  They were taken to Mercy Hospital Aurora.

The fire was in a rooftop HVAC unit, and impacted about a quarter of the facility. 

The hospital and Mercy Clinic Family Medicine, which are in the same building, will be closed through at least Tuesday, February 23.

A physician, ambulance and support staff are standing by in case someone goes to the ER with a critical need.  According to Mercy, the patient would be stabilized and sent to the closest appropriate facility for care.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.