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No injuries after chemical fire at Kroc Center

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Crews at the Kroc Center for a fire in the basement. Crews at the Kroc Center for a fire in the basement.
Fire crews responded to the Kroc Center. Fire crews responded to the Kroc Center.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

No one was injured in a small chemical fire Friday morning at the Kroc Center in downtown Quincy. 

Fire crews responded to the scene for a report of a fire in the building. Fire engines were on scene at approximately 9:40 a.m.

The building was evacuated.

Carolyn Carpenter, Marketing Manager for the Kroc Center, said there was a chemical fire in the pool area.

"It definitely was not a drill," Carpenter said. "We were fortunate everyone worked together to get out of the building safely."

Carpenter said after an investigation, it was determined that the fire was related to renovations being made to the facility. 

 "We are very thankful the fire alarm and sprinkler system functioned properly and that everyone in the facility exited the building without incident," stated Facility Director Chad Rodgers.

Due to the pump room's sprinkler system being set off, specialists out of Springfield, Illinois, were on-site to replace sprinkler heads and reset the system. 

"All necessary precautions are being taken at this time to ensure the safety of the facility's staff, members, and patrons," stated Major Andrew Miller. "It is our goal to have the facility opened in a timely manner."

Fire officials said they were able to contain the fire shortly after arriving.

"The fire was put out quickly," Fire Chief Joe Henning said. "After the fire was out crews need to clear smoke from the building."

Carpenter said everyone was allowed back in onto the main floor around 10 a.m. She said there were no injuries.

Carpenter said the Kroc Center would reopen at 5 p.m. Friday, except for the aquatic center. She said the aquatic center would reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday. 

Carpenter said all programs and leagues would run as scheduled.

“We appreciate our patron’s patience during this unexpected shut-down and are thankful for the support of our community,” stated Facility Director Chad Rodgers.

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