Richmond police show concern over dangers of former hospital

Reid Hospital 4

RICHMOND, Ind. — Richmond city officials are continuing to worry about the dangers of a vacated hospital building after a Richmond teenager fell through its floor.

The Palladium-Item ( ) reports that three friends were exploring inside the former Reid Health hospital buildings just after midnight Sept. 23 when one of them plunged through the floor.

His friends helped the 17-year-old outside. A Richmond Fire Department ambulance took him to the current Reid Health facility when he complained of lower back pain.

Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum says the department previously has emphasized to the public that no one should enter the building because of the possibility of such incidents.

The fire and police departments restrict their employees from entering the building unless there’s a threat to life.