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Small Boiler Fire In Vacant Hospital Building Formerly Lee’s Summit Hospital
By Jim Eden, LSFD Asst. Chief
On Wednesday, September 08, 2010, at 7:18 a.m. the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at the Summit Ridge Campus of Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 530 NW Murray Road. The vacant building was the former Lee’s Summit Hospital. A maintenance worker was doing a routine test of the boiler when he noticed a small fire in the insulation around the boilers exhaust flue. He called 911, and attempted to extinguish the fire without success. He left the building as smoke continued to fill the room.
When the fire department arrived, smoke was coming from the door to the basement boiler room. Firefighters entered the room and quickly extinguished the remaining fire in the insulation around the flue. The floors above the boiler room were checked with no extension of the fire into those areas. The incident was under control by 7:39 a.m.
The fire was contained to the boiler flue and the insulation around it. It is believed the fire originated in the flue and spread into the insulation around the flue above the boiler.