By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Firefighters assisted the staff of the Laconia Clinic in evacuating the entire building Monday afternoon after the hydraulic fluid leaked out from the elevator, rendering it useless and sending a foul odor throughout the building.
LRGHealthcare spokesperson Sandra Marshall said that because of the smell, the cleanup and the repairs, the clinic will remained closed through Tuesday.
"It's an awful smell and it's not something our patients and staff should have to smell," she said.
Marshall said Convenience Care at the Hillside Medical Group, which has a pharmacy, will be open and that staff will be contacting all of the patients who have appointments to reschedule them.
While there is never a good time for an elevator to go out of service, Marshall said it was fortunate all medical procedures are done in the morning so there were no customers or patients who needed to be taken to the hospital.
Marshall said that as of late Monday afternoon, she expected the closure to last only one day.
Convenience Care at Hillside Medical Park will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those who need services.
Firefighters evacuated everyone from the Laconia Clinic Monday afternoon due to the smell created by a hydraulic fluid leak from the elevator system. The clinic is expected to be closed through Tuesday. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)
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