Fire at GRC

Electrical Fire Breaks Out At NASA, New Channel 5

"A fire broke out inside a building at NASA Glenn Research Center, NewsChannel5 reported."

Editor's update: Internal GRC email from Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate describing event:


Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 08:20:15 -0500
To: DLT:;
From: Dennie Gonia
Subject: Mishap: Fire Closes Glenn Monday Evening
Cc: DLT Administrative Staff

Type Mishap: Classification To Be Determined

Known to be high visibility because the Glenn Research Center was evacuated at 16:30.

(The press was notified. OSMA, Manuel Dominguez (w/Center Public Affairs) was interviewed at the site).

Time of Mishap: 16:00 (Detected Fire)
Location: Glenn Research Center
Damage: Amount Unknown. Will access when area cools down.
Injury: None
Evacuated Center 16:30

Description of Event:

There was a fire in the utility tunnel from substation A to substation K. The fire dept. from the Air Port, Brook Park and Fairview responded. The fire was put out at 16:45.

Since then, 95% of the power has been restored to Center.

There is smoke in some buildings. The Center Public Affairs office will notify Glenn employees through a public bulletin as to who should return to the Center on Tuesday morning. It is estimated 85% of Center should be able to return to work.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The area in the tunnel is too hot to enter tonight. The incident commander from the fire department will return on Tuesday morning to begin the investigation.

Vernon W.(Bill) Wessel
Director, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate

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