Employees and patients were temporarily evacuated from the Kaiser Permanente medical office building in East L.A. this morning after a fire alarm went off in the complex.
Arriving patients were told to return later or wait about an hour for clearance from first responders to enter the building on Pomona Boulevard near Beverly Boulevard. Some thought it was a drill. However, it was no drill. The crew from L.A. County Fire Department Station 22 was on hand officially to find out what triggered the alarm.
Fire Captain Oscar Escamilla said that smoke from a “ballast” in a fluorescent light fixture that failed caused a puff of smoke to enter the ventilation system. No other damage or injuries were being reported. The building was reopened by about 10 a.m.