Emergency personnel responded to a fire alarm call at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville at approximately 3:32 a.m. Sunday morning.
According to a press release from the Appanoose County Sheriff's Office, after the call came in, the Law Center received information that there was a fire in the emergency room area of thae hospital.
Personnel from the Appanoose County Sheriff's Office, Centerville Police and Centerville Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival they found that a small fire had occurred in a treatment room and had been quickly extinguished by emergency room personnel.
There were no injuries and no evacuation of the hospital was required. No patients were being treated at the time of the fire.
Emergency room operations have been moved to a another part of the hospital while an investigation of the fire is conducted and clean up is performed.
The fire was contained in one treatment room in the emergency room that sustained damage from smoke and powder from a fire extinguisher.
According to Mercy Medical Center CEO Clint Christianson there was minimal damage to the hospital.
"I anticipate within the next day or so we'll be back operating within the ED area," said Christianson. "There's no water damage. It was just discharge of a couple of fire extinguishers."
The Appanoose County Sheriff with assistance from the Fire Department and Iowa State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.