Boone County National Bank evacuated after hydrolic pump malfunction

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 5:57 p.m. CDT; updated 8:39 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Firefighters Samanta Lamp and Kyle Fansler leave Boone County National Bank after a small fire in an elevator caused the building to be evacuated around 5 p.m on Tuesday. A man was trapped in the elevator at the time of the fire but was unharmed, according to Jim Weaver, a public information officer for the Columbia Fire Department. Weaver said that elevator doors are designed to close when smoke is detected in order to protect occupants from smoke and flames.

COLUMBIA – The malfunction of a hydrolic pump in a lower-level elevator caused The Boone County National Bank on East Broadway to be evacuated Tuesday at about 5 p.m.

Reggie Wilhite of AVP Operations and Security said smoke from the pump traveled up the elevator shaft and leaked onto the first floor of the building. People were asked to evacuate the whole building because of the smoky haze. 

By about 5:15 p.m., employees were admitted back into the building, but the first floor would remain evacuated until all of the smoke had been fanned out. 

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