Office workers are evacuated after electrical malfunction

April 10, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Workers in the 21 doctor's offices in the Crossroads Professional Center in Columbia's Dorsey's Search village were evacuated from the building yesterday morning while Howard County firefighters dealt with an electrical short on the roof.

Firefighters arrived at the building, in the 4800 block of Dorsey Hall Drive, at 8: 48 a.m. after hearing reports of smoke on the roof, according to Chuck Riegert, a spokesman for the Troutman Co., the building's management company.

The source of the smoke was found to be a roof-mounted air-conditioning unit that malfunctioned, said Lt. Sean Kelly, spokesman for the county's Department of Fire and Rescue.

None of the medical offices was damaged and no one was hurt.

Riegert said yesterday's smoke emergency was the first time workers in the 50,000-square-foot building had to be evacuated.

Pub Date: 4/09/97

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