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Hospital patients relocated after smoke inside Palmetto Health Baptist

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Patients at Palmetto Health Baptist were relocated to other areas of the hospital overnight after issues following a power outage.

According to a release sent out by the hospital early Friday morning, an issue with the system generated smoke after the back-up generators kicked in.

The Columbia Fire Department says crews responded around 2 a.m. after the fire alarm was triggered on the fourth floor of the hospital.

Multiple streets were shut down into the early morning hours as crews remained on the scene until around 4:30 a.m.

Tammie Epps, Media Relations Manager at Palmetto Health, says that the power was out for approximately three hours and 15 minutes. Epps also noted that the Labor & Delivery portion of the fourth floor was the only area affected by smoke.

We're told the hospital's engineering team is doing a follow-up check of all systems.

The hospital says no patients were in any danger and power has since been restored.

SCE&G tells us they are looking into what caused the outage in the downtown area and they will let us know as soon as they have an update.

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