Smoke from fire in hospital parking garage prompts evacuation

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Dozens of people evacuated as firefighters responded to a truck fire in the parking garage at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend on Tuesday.

District Fire Chief Randall Dewitt told KVAL News that the fire is out but it produced a lot of smoke. Fire crews had shifted to smoke control after knocking down the flames.

No word yet on whether anyone was injured or what caused the fire.

Andrea Ash from RiverBend confirmed the fire and evacuation.

A reporter at the scene said the hospital initiated a partial evacuation after smoke started leaking into the first floor of the building from the parking garage.

The evacuation lasted about an hour.

The hospital released a press release on the incident:

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is fully operational and open to visitors after firefighters extinguished a car fire that occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. in the lower level of parking structure H under the hospital. The entrance to the parking structure remains closed to additional vehicles at this time.

The fire department was able to extinguish the fire within 15 minutes. No injuries were reported. As a result of the fire, smoke filled the parking garage, infiltrating the hospital's air handling system and sending smoke inside the elevator shafts. As facilities crews continue to work to clear the air handling system, we may experience lingering smoke throughout the hospital.

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