AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — A freon leak from an HVAC unit and a medical emergency led to an evacuation of James Brown Arena Friday night, according to fire officials.
According to Augusta Fire Department, crews arrived on the scene to find a technician already making repairs to the HVAC unit. Around the same time, a person at the arena suffered a medical emergency, and EMS was called.
Coroner Mark Bowen tells WJBF NewsChannel 6 that the person who died was an employee of James Brown Arena and was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:15 p.m. The victim is identified as Rex Broadwater, 66, from Hephzibah. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 2015 hrs. An autopsy has been scheduled.
The two incidents apparently prompted the arena evacuation out of an abundance of caution, as rumors circulated that someone died from a potential gas leak.
The Charlie Wilson & Friends R&B concert scheduled for Friday evening was canceled.
Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 for the latest on this developing story.