Fire units respond to smoke at Regional West Medical Center
There were no injuries and minimal damage from a fire at Regional West Medical Center Monday night. The Scottsbluff Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at Regional West Medical Center just after 10 p.m. While responding, fire units made contact with Regional West Security and were advised of heavy smoke on the third floor, north side of the hospital.
First arriving units made entry into the hospital and found moderate smoke conditions in the third floor hallway. The fire originated in an HVAC unit in the hallway and was extinguished by nursing staff. Fire personnel disconnected power to the unit and check for any extention. Several fans were used to remove the smoke from the area.
A release from the Fire Department commends nursing staff for doing an excellent job in using an extinguisher and sheltering patients in their rooms to prevent any further damage, while keeping patients safe.
Investigation concluded the fire originated from an overheated motor in the HVAC unit.
Four Scottsbluff Fire units responded with 7 personnel, along with 2 engines and 11 personnel from Gering Fire Department, who responded as automatic aid. Fire units left the hospital around 11: 25 p.m.
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