Steam leak in Wistar Institute sends one person to hospital

The incident occurred early Tuesday morning


The newly renovated Wistar Institute was the scene of a steam leak early Tuesday morning that sent one person to the hospital.

, according to the Division of Public Safety.

When HAZMAT personnel entered the building, nothing registered on their meters, though air samples directed them to a steam leak in the basement.

One person was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for evaluation after the leak, DPS reported.

The six-story Wistar Institute houses biomedical research in cancer and vaccine development.

A spokesperson for the Wistar Institute said that the leak apparently stemmed from a water main break near the 36th Street walkway on Penn’s campus.

Spruce Street was closed on Wednesday between 34th and 38th streets to remedy the situation.


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