Smell of smoke inside the Performing Arts Center. Fire-rescue enroute. Employees are evacuating.
Fire-rescue on scene – going in to track down the smell.
Firefighters have tracked down a possible source of the smell. A thermal imager has been requested to check out what may be a bad light fixture.
Fire command says no additional units are required. There is no fire.
Employees are being allowed back inside.
Chief Murphy orders a crew to the second floor to examine the building’s heating and air conditioning (HVAC) units. Typically a pulley belt goes bad and additional friction causes the belt to get hot and gives off an odor.
Investigation has now migrated to the auditorium lights which were turned on prior to the smell of smoke.
HVAC units have been checked out. No problem there. Chief Murphy orders a crew to check out anything out of order along the overhead catwalks, above the auditorium.
Firefighters inspecting the overhead catwalk areas have not found anything. Chief Murphy orders everyone to meet downstairs to figure out where to look next.
Firefighters are now being assisted by facility maintenance crew to aid in tracking down possible sources for the odor.
Maintenance crew will re-activate the overhead lights and the firefighters, up in the catwalk, will ascertain if the odor level rises and then follow their noses to the source.
Different firefighters with “fresh noses” are ordered up onto the catwalks to help in tracking down the source of the smell.
A carbon monoxide monitor is ordered.
After a pow wow downstairs with everybody it was determined that the verdict on the smell will remain undetermined for the time being. Chief Murphy told the PAC staff that if they smell anything further, they know the number to call.