Fire forces partial evacuation of St. Joseph Medical Center

10/15/2012 2:56 PM

05/16/2014 7:59 PM

A fire in an elevator’s mechanical room at the St. Joseph Medical Center in southern Kansas City forced a partial evacuation Monday afternoon.

Firefighters responded shortly after 1 p.m. to a fire that was producing heavy black smoke from the mechanical room at the medical center, 1000 Carondelet Drive.

Firefighters evacuated the first floor and second floor, which included the pharmacy and food court of the medical center, said Battalion James Garrett, a spokesman for the Kansas City Fire Department.

The foyer and gift shop were also evacuated, however physician offices and outpatient services were not evacuated, said Cyndi Fahrlander, senior marketing and communication specialist with the medical center.

The fire was in a 10-foot-by-10-foot mechanical room.

No one was injured in the fire. A second alarm was sounded as a precaution.

The fire was reportedly knocked down about 1:15 p.m.

The medical center has returned to normal, although the elevators affected by the fire are not operating, Fahrlander said.

The cause of the fire as well as an estimate of the damages are still under investigation.