January 24, 2019/ Alarm Bells - Elevator Incident/ AFD Response Details

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Thurs., Jan. 24, 2019 at 3:55 a.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of alarm bells in a building located in the 100 Block of Main Street N.

When emergency crews arrived on scene they found alarm bells ringing in a two-story, commercial complex. Firefighters quickly gained access and identified that the alarm was coming from a heat detector which activated in the elevator control room on the main floor.

Light smoke conditions were found throughout the building, but no notable fire was detected. In order to determine the cause of the evident heat and smoke, the immediate area was ventilated with the use of large fans.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that a malfunction in the elevator’s control system caused a large reservoir of hydraulic fluid to overheat. Power to the elevator was immediately isolated until repairs could be safely completed.

Businesses located on the second floor were temporarily closed until the incident could be resolved and the area once again deemed safe.

There were no injuries to report.

Four pieces of fire apparatus and twelve firefighters were on scene.

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