Elevator down at Victoria Hospital

The Prince Albert Fire Department and The Prince Albert Police Service on the scene of the elevator incident Tuesday at around 1:30 p.m. Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald

The fire alarms sounded in the Victoria Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, after an elevator motor shorted out.

Firefighters and police got to the scene at about 1:30 p.m., but hospital staff had already suppressed the smoke, which was limited to the immediate vicinity of the motor on the top floor.

Hospital security temporarily barred visitors from the hospital, saying it was under a “code red.” The fire department said that that no one was evacuated. There were no injuries.

The hospital’s only passenger elevator will be out of service for days, according to the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Patients and visitors will be able to use a service elevator instead.

Health region spokesman Doug Dahl said the breakdown will cause only “minimal disruption.”

“We hope we’ll get all the repairs done as quickly as possibly,” he said, “but it is likely there will be some inconvenience over the next couple days.”