Business as usual after Civic fire

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Lane Blood Center is open and operating as usual following the devastating fire that destroyed neighboring Civic Stadium on Monday, June 29.

Eugene police and firefighters evacuated the center at 2211 Willamette Street when the fire started around 5:30 pm at the historic stadium, located just to the north of the center. Donors were escorted safely from the main building, and staff members moved blood center vehicles from potential harm.

Several lab technicians waited in the administrative annex south of the center until public safety personnel granted permission to re-enter. No blood was lost or damaged as a result of the evacuation.

“Given its proximity to the stadium inferno, our facility was at serious risk, possibly putting the community’s blood supply at risk, as well,” said Doug Engel, Lane Blood Center Regional Director. “However, our confidence in Eugene Fire and Police departments couldn’t be higher. We saw characteristically outstanding coordination, performance and professionalism displayed by each responder. In addition, each LBC employee on site at the time and those checking in were impressive in their dedication, clear thinking and appropriate responses.”

The donation center re-opened Tuesday, June 30, at 10 a.m., and the bloodmobile set up as scheduled at Northwest Community Credit Union for a planned 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. blood drive. Donors are encouraged to contact Lane Blood Center with any questions or concerns.

Lane Blood Center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Visit www.laneblood.org or call 541-484-9111 to schedule an appointment. To be eligible to donate, you must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, and have eaten a meal with protein within four hours of your donation.

 

Author: Rebecca Taylor

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