No one was injured after a fire damaged a refrigeration compressor on Sep. 24 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena, located at 1996 S. Kirk Road on Geneva’s east side.
At about 6:26 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, the Geneva Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial fire alarm. While enroute, the responding companies were notified by Tri-Com Central Dispatch that there was smoke reported in the building, and the alarm was upgraded to a working fire response.
The first arriving fire company found heavy black smoke showing from the roof area on the west side of the building. Firefighters initiated an interior attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 40 minutes.
The building sprinkler system had activated and held the fire in check until the fire was extinguished. The fire was contained to the refrigeration compressor room.
Sunday was a public skate day, according to the Fox Valley Ice Arena website, but ice arena officials said on the arena’s Facebook page that programs were resumed within an hour of the Fire Department’s departure.
The ice arena contains the offices of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The fire did not affect the office operations.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage estimates are still being compiled, but the facility resumed operations during the afternoon hours of Sept. 24.
Due to the size and occupancy of the building, the response was upgraded to a MABAS box alarm for additional manpower and equipment.
Firefighters from the Batavia, St. Charles, Elburn, West Chicago, Fermilab, South Elgin, Elgin, Wheaton, Bartlett, and North Aurora fire departments assisted Geneva at the scene.
The Winfield, Fox River, and Sugar Grove fire departments provided backup at the Geneva fire stations during the call.
The Kane County Sheriffs Office as well as the Fox Valley Ice Arena Operations staff provided additional support.
SOURCE: city of Geneva news release
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