DC hospital damaged in explosion; injuries reported

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A mechanical explosion left two people injured and caused damage to several floors of a 177-bed hospital in Washington, D.C., according to the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and local news stations. 

The explosion occurred in the basement of BridgePoint Hospital Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon. The fire and EMS department was called to the scene around 12:30 p.m., according to local news station WTOP

The explosion sent a force up a chimney and damaged several floors. The Fire and EMS department said there are no structural stability issues with the building. 

One person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A second person was also injured in the explosion, but the fire deparment said they were not taken to a hospital. The department didn't release the names of the individuals. 

During the incident, patients were moved to another area of the hospital. No evacuations were necessary, according to local news station WUSA-9.

An investigation into the cause of the mechanical explosion is ongoing. 

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