Small fire sets off sprinklers in Markey Cancer Center building

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Firefighters are investigating the cause of a small fire that set off some of the sprinklers in the UK Markey Cancer Center early Wednesday morning.

A small fire broke out at around 3 a.m. in the Comprehensive Breast Care Center located on the second floor of the Whitney-Hendrickson Building. This building is part of the UK Markey Cancer Center and faces Huguelet Drive.

As designed, heat from the fire activated sprinklers, which produced water to fight the fire. There is now water damage to parts of the first and second floors, in addition to the fire damage to the CBCC.

Firefighters said they didn’t see any flames or smoke from outside the building but did find two sprinklers had been activated on the second floor because of a small fire.

Firefighters put it out, shut down the sprinkler system and ventilated the building. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Schedulers are contacting patients with appointments Wednesday to reschedule or redirect them.

  • Mammography imaging and clinic procedures are being rescheduled.
  • Chemotherapy infusion, GYN Oncology and all integrative health appointments remain on schedule.
  • Multi-Disciplinary Clinic appointments will be moved to the Head, Neck and Respiratory Clinic in the Roach Building today.
  • Comprehensive Breast Care Clinic appointments will be moved to the new Hematology-Oncology clinic in the Roach Building.
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