Santa Maria - North County

Utility building catches fire near Santa Maria hospital

Utility building located near Marian Medical

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A utility building caught fire next to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria Saturday afternoon.

The fire was first reported at around 12:45 p.m.

Smoke billowed from the "co-generation plant" which acts as a back-up power plant.

The building houses a methane pipe that runs from the Santa Maria landfill to the building and helps provide power to the hospital.

There was no interruption to power service at the hospital.

Santa Maria Fire Department responded to the hospital with water and ladder trucks. Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze from high in the air in a ladder truck.

By 1:45 p.m. the fire was believed to be under control.

Fire crews remained on scene working to access the area of the building where the fire began. What sparked the fire is being investigated.

Emergency traffic was unaffected by the fire but some traffic restrictions were put in place with vehicles being diverted. 

While the smoke and flames filled the air surrounding Marian Regional Medical Center, the hospital was not evacuated and no one was considered to be in danger.


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