Fire at Sierra Vista Hospital

April 15, 2011

A short in an elevator motor at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center caused a small fire in the basement of the main tower today at about 9:20 a.m.

Hospital staff initiated pre-planned emergency procedures before firefighters arrived helping to bring the incident to a successful conclusion.

San Luis Obispo City Fire Department personnel put the small fire out in about five minutes. Firefighters said there was no reason to evacuate anyone from the hospital.

Investigators determined the fire was caused by a short in a motor in the elevator control room which ignited a pan of hydraulic oil.

“There was more smoke than fire,” said Ron Yukelson, spokesman for Sierra Vista Hospital.