ST. GEORGE – Multiple fire crews responded to a fire alarm at a care center Tuesday evening.
The St. George Fire Department responded with multiple fire engines and crews to the Kolob Center and Rehabilitation Center, 178 South 1200 East, St. George, when a fire alarm was triggered by the presence of smoke in a section of the building around 4:55 p.m.
Patients of the care center were evacuated as fire crews arrived on scene, and one gentleman bathed them in guitar music while they waited for the matter to be investigated.
It was reported that there was a smell of smoke in a part of the care center at one point, yet no signs of fire were found after a fire crew went inside. Further investigation determined the probable cause of the smoke to be malfunctioning of an air conditioning unit on the roof.
While fire units were on scene, St. George Police officers shut off access to 1200 East at 100 and 200 South.
After the likely cause of the incident was identified, St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker relayed to Kolob staff that the evacuated patients could return inside. Fire trucks and personnel began to be released from the scene around 5:30 p.m., and incident command was terminated by 6 p.m.
Between six and seven fire units were originally on hand to deal with a potential fire. Stoker said the reason for that was so extra personnel would be available in an evacuation situation.
“We bring in extra units just in case we have to start moving people,” Stoker said.
Concerning the evacuation of Kolob’s patients, St. George Fire Capt. Jason Whipple said the care center’s staff “did a fabulous job.”
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