UPDATE: Blown Transformer Blamed for Fire Call at Barbara Olson Center

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UPDATE:  A blown transformer outside the Barbara Olson Center is being blamed for the smell of smoke inside that caused a response by several fire units and an evacuation of the building.

A ComEd crew is repairing the transformer, and activities have resumed as normal inside the center.


Rockford Fire and surrounding fire departments were called to the Barbara Olson Center for Hope after a smell of smoke in the building.

That is a school for developmentally disabled students that’s located at 3206 N. Central.

Students and staff were evacuated while several fire departments were called to the scene.

Initial indications are that the smoke came from an electrical malfunction of some sort, and there was no fire.

More details as they become available.

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