By CBSBoston.com Staff

CONCORD (CBS) – Emerson Hospital closed to new patients for a short time Thursday evening after a power outage.

Concord’s fire department and police department responded and Concord Municipal Light Plant was able to restore power quickly.

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Just before 5:30 p.m. police sent out a tweet asking drivers to avoid the area. The police department reported that power was restored at about 6:15 p.m.

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There is no word on what caused the outage, but Emerson Hospital reported that all patients were safe and the hospital was running as normal.

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“Emerson Hospital is operating as normal following a brief power outage this evening. Its Emergency Department remains open. All patients are safe, and generator equipment provided necessary power during the brief outage,” the hospital said in a prepared statement.

CBSBoston.com Staff