Evacuation over at downtown GR building

Employees at the Blue Cross Blue Shield building at 86 Monroe Center were evacuated Thursday morning for a smoke investigation. (May 15, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Employees at the Blue Cross Blue Shield building in downtown Grand Rapids are back to work after being evacuated Thursday morning, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

The building, located at 86 Monroe Center, was evacuated around 9:45 a.m. for a smoke investigation, after people reported seeing smoke and fire in an elevator shaft and fire alarms went off on the building’s roof, a Grand Rapids Fire Department official said.

A firefighter saw light smoke in an elevator control room, but no fire, the fire official said. The issue could have been electrical in nature or due to an elevator belt.

The evacuation was lifted around 10:10 a.m. and everyone was let back inside the building, GRPD said.

The elevator company has been contacted to check out the issue, the fire official said.


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