Build­ing evac­u­ated due to smoke in Sand­stone Manor

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - O.R. Sheddy

Drumheller Emer­gency Ser­vices re­sponded to a fire alarm at Sand­stone Manor at 10th Av­enue and 3rd Street late Mon­day night.

One of the nearby res­i­dents had a small fire pit go­ing and smoke was drawn into the ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem, trig­ger­ing the build­ing’s alarm, ac­cord­ing to Fire Chief Bruce Wade. Af­ter a phys­i­cal check of the build­ing, res­i­dents were al­lowed back into their units around 12:20 am.

There were no in­juries. Some 30 res­i­dents live in the three storey build­ing.

Drumheller Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion main­te­nance Jerry Roberto, Don Boyer and Bob Sheddy at­tended to as­sist the fire depart­ment with the evac­u­a­tion and ac­cess to the build­ing. Build­ing man­ager Jerry Roberto no­ticed the smell of smoke on the West End of the build­ing. Upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion he found a smol­der­ing fire pit in the neigh­bor’s yard bil­low­ing smoke be­side the air in­take.

Once the fire was ex­tin­guished, the air han­dling sys­tem was able to clear the build­ing within 10 min­utes.

DHA CAO Bob Sheddy said “We want to com­mend the ten­ants for their quick evac­u­a­tion out of the build­ing and the Drumheller Fire depart­ment on their quick re­sponse.”

Jerry Roberto said “Within min­utes the Fire Depart­ment had ar­rived and gained ac­cess to ev­ery suite in the build­ing and used their heat sens­ing cam­era to en­sure there weren’t any ar­eas of con­cern.

Don Boyer com­mented, “We are pleased with how our emer­gency re­sponse plan worked. Af­ter re­view­ing our se­cu­rity cam­eras, we found that within 3 min­utes of the alarm be­ing sounded all ten­ants had safely evac­u­ated the build­ing.”

Mailphoto by O.R. SHeddy

Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to Sand­stone Manor late Mon­day night to re­ports of smoke in the build­ing. Res­i­dents were evac­u­ated for a short time while the depart­ment in­ves­ti­gated.

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