A MASSIVE flood sent thousands of gallons of water pouring through a hospital.
A major pipe burst in the boiler room at Dewsbury District Hospital in the middle of the night.
And by the time the disaster was discovered at the hospital's Ridings Building at 1.30am today, water had poured through several corridors and into many rooms - including storage areas used to keep vital medical records.
Water also flooded a lift shift, but luckily the lift was already out of order.
Other rooms affected included staff changing areas.
Watch Manager Roy Dale was sent from Ossett fire station to assess the situation.
He was shocked by what he found.
"Initially it sounded just like the basement was affected," he said. "But there was a substantial amount of water up to 3ft deep flowing through the corridors.
"The problem was a very large pipe in a boiler house and once we had located that, the site engineer quickly managed to stop it leaking.
"But there was an awful lot of water in there.
"Our main priority was to save the medical records. They are clearly crucial and some were getting covered by the water."
Crews grabbed beds stored nearby and lifted the boxes full of records out of the water and on to them.
Some of the boxes are plastic so the records remained dry, but others are cardboard and have been soaked.
Staff at the hospital were drying them out today.
Watch Manager Dale added: "The one saving grace was that it was clean cold water.
"If it had been dirty water we would have been facing a contamination problem."
Firefighters from Ossett, Mirfield and Huddersfield spent the night pumping water out of the hospital and into the main car park where it flowed down drains.
As cleaning staff arrived this morning they were immediately sent to help in the massive clean up.
Watch Manager Dale added: "They were concentrating on clearing water from the public areas first.
"The sooner the hospital gets back to normal the better."