NORMAL – Smoke coming from the roof of Advocate Bromenn Medical Center lead firefighters to an air handler which was burning. Thankfully the smoke and fire was contained by a combination of automatic smoke doors, and quick action by firefighters.
Firefighters were called to Advocate Bromenn Medical Center at 1304 Franklin Avenue, this afternoon just after 3 PM to multiple reports of smoke and fire coming from the roof of the east side of the hospital. Prior to our arrival, the hospital fire alarm also reported smoke and alerted security and simultaneously closed off the automatic fire doors and shut down air handling equipment, which limited the smoke spread throughout the building.
Upon arrival, firefighters located smoke coming from a roof vent leading to an air handler unit in the easternmost wing of the main hospital building, now referred to as Building E. Once inside the building, firefighters were able to gain access to the mechanical room which housed the air handler to extinguish the fire. Additional firefighters were sent to the roof and removed the fan assembly and extinguished fire in the framing of the ductwork surrounding the fan and the space between the roof and the ceiling of the mechanical room. Due to the high-risk of a fire in a hospital building, an engine company from Bloomington Fire Department was called to assist, but they were released from the scene shortly after arrival, once the situation was deemed under control.
A damage estimate is not available at this time. Fire damage was isolated to the air handler, the ductwork, the roof fan assembly, and the surrounding materials between the roof and the ceiling of the mechanical room. Moderate smoke filled the 2nd floor of Building E, but no obvious permanent damage was noted, and minimal water was used to extinguish the fire. Firefighters and Bromenn Hospital Facilities members used electric fans and HEPA air filtration units to clear the smoke from the air in the affected area.
During the incident, only the affected area of the hospital was evacuated. The 2nd Floor of Building E houses a computer training room, administrative offices, and storage rooms. Hospital operations were otherwise not affected and no patients were relocated.
Normal Fire Department investigators are working at the scene to determine what caused the fire.