Several agencies are investigating after workers were injured when a steam pipe burst at Victoria General Hospital Friday morning. (Google Maps)

Several agencies are investigating after workers were injured when a steam pipe burst at Victoria General Hospital Friday morning. (Google Maps)

Burst pipe at Victoria General Hospital burns two, damages building

Patient care was not impacted by the incident and the emergency room remains open

Several agencies are investigating after workers were injured when a steam pipe burst at Victoria General Hospital Friday morning.

“View Royal received a call at 8:34 this morning for alarms ringing at the hospital,” said View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst. “Crews investigated and found a large diameter steam pipe had burst while there was a worker working on the pipe.”

Two workers were sent to Royal Jubilee’s burn unit by ambulance after sustaining serious burns while working on the pipe and are currently undergoing care.

Island Health said the incident did not impact patient care and after a temporary ambulance diversion from VGH to Royal Jubilee, the hospital has returned to business as usual.

Hurst said the building has significant damage due to flooding and has been turned over to Island Health for clean-up.

Twenty-six firefighters responded to the scene from View Royal, Colwood, Langford and Esquimalt fire departments.

The emergency room at VGH remains open according to Island Health and plans are underway to repair the damage caused by the pipe burst.

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