Small chemical fire at Quincy's Kroc Center, back open
UPDATED 4:40 pm Feb. 2nd:
The Kroc Center will reopen Friday, Feb 2nd, at 5 p.m. with the exception of the aquatic center.
The aquatic center will re-open Saturday with normal operating hours of 8am-7pm.
All volleyball leagues and martial arts programs will run as scheduled.
Saturday will have normal facility hours along with regularly scheduled classes.
“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.
UPDATED 3:20 pm Feb 2nd:
The Kroc Center is closed until further notice.
In a Facebook post, the center says more information will be released as more is known.
A release was sent out mid afternoon on Friday from the Kroc Center's Marketing Manager, Carolyn Carpenter.
The cause of the fire was related to the renovations that are currently taking place in 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 are now 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. It is our goal to have the facility opened in a timely manner," stated Major Andy Miller.
A small chemical fire broke out by the pool area at the Kroc Center Friday morning.
People inside were evacuated and after a few minutes were allowed to go back inside to the Chapel area to get out of the cold weather.
Salvation Army Major Andy Miller tells KHQA, "Until we know for sure exactly what it is. We don't want to speculate. All we know is the alarm went off, there's some concerns, we want to be safe and we don't want to be sorry."
You can watch KHQA's Chad Douglas live on scene here.