A small fire in the mechanical equipment which keep the bubbles inflated at the Montgomery TennisPlex in South Germantown Park filled one bubble with smoke and caused the bubble to deflate on Monday night.
Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service units were called to the Montgomery TennisPlex at 18010 Central Park Circle in Boyds at approximately 8:40 pm on Monday, January 15, according to acting MCFRS spokesman Battalion Chief Mike Leigh.
Firefighters responded to the call for smoke in the building which was being pulled into the bubble from the fire in the machine that heats the building by blowing hot air into the bubble. When firefighters extinguished the fire and shut down the heater/air handler, the bubble began to collapse because it was no longer being inflated.
According to Leigh, due to the amount of smoke and size of the facility additional firefighters were called in to help quickly locate the source of the fire. As a result, first arriving units called for a Rapid Intervention Response to the TennisPlex.
“The fire should not affect the TennisPlex much at all,” said Chief Executive Director Jack Shore. “It is a matter of getting the parts for the heater and new motor for the heater. We are ordering that, and the parts are readily available. I would say that we’ll probably be in full operating order in about three days. Once we get the parts, it is probably a one-day operation to get things up and running again.”
Top: A fire in the mechanical equipment of one of the bubbles at the Montgomery TennisPlex caused one of the bubbles to deflate Monday night.
Next: The deflated bubble can be seen as a white sheet over the area. TennisPlex officials believe the facility will be back to full operation in a few days.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.