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Buildings near Good Samaritan hospital lose power

A blown transformer knocked out the power to two buildings on the campus of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore Tuesday afternoon, though the hospital itself was not affected.

The Morgan and Smyth buildings, which are used to house out-patient doctors' offices, lost power sometime between 4 and 4:30 p.m., officials said. The hospital, daycare, and a nursing home on the campus, in the 5600 block of Loch Raven Blvd., "thankfully" did not lose power, said Debra Schindler, a regional MedStar Health Baltimore spokeswoman.

About eight patients had to be helped down the stairs from the buildings, since the elevator no longer worked, said Connor Scott, a spokesman Baltimore's Office of Emergency Management.

"At the time that it happened most people were wrapping up their treatment for the day," Scott said. "It wasn't really an evacuation, it was sort of 'well I guess we're done for the day.'"

Schindler said Baltimore Gas and Electric crews estimated their repairs would be complete and power restored by about 8 p.m.

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