UF Health Pediatrics evacuated after reports of smoke

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 4:58 PM EDT
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UPDATE: GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - We have new details on an evacuation at UF Health Pediatrics.

Fire crews have determined that there was no fire in the building Thursday afternoon.

Gainesville firefighters say smoke was discovered in the elevator room at the Shands Children’s Center on Southwest 16th Avenue.

Fire rescue officials say a mechanical issue generated smoke.

The viewer who sent photos says someone was working on the elevator and then she smelled smoke in the hallway.

Gainesville Fire Rescue crews and Gainesville Police Department officers responded to the children’s center at UF Health after a report of smoke in the building.

Crews say someone called 911 on Thursday afternoon to report smoke in the elevator room. The building at 1699 S.W. 16th Ave. was evacuated.

Firefighters will check each floor. At this time, no fire has been found.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information is learned.

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