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Heavy storms causes IE hospital power outage

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Monday's rainstorm is blamed for a power outage at a hospital in Rancho Cucamonga."Rancho Specialty Hospital for the Elderly" lost electricity.

Compounding matters, the backup generators did not work.

Fire department officials say there were 54 patients being cared for at the time.

Seventeen of them were on ventilators.

Paramedics were called in to help doctors and nurses keep the patients stabilized.

The fire department set up an auxiliary power unit until electricity was restored.

Nearby restaurants and a hotel were also affected by the outage.