Fire Alarm Sounds in Business-Journalism Building
Students evacuated the Business-Journalism Building Thursday due to smoke detector alert.
Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 22:09
A horn sounded and lights flashed Thursday at about 6:30 p.m. in the Business-Journalism Building, and students and faculty were evacuated due to a smoke decetor that set off the fire alarm.
Business Adminstration Department Chair Sui Chung was among those in the building surprised by the fire alarm, including the decibel level. She thought it might have been a drill.
"The sound of the horn is loud," she said. "I think they should reduce the sound. We had no idea [about it]. Something is amiss."
There was nothing amiss, according to Sheriff's Station cadet Karen Alavardo. Tthe smoke dector was triggered, which sounded the fire alarm. The Sherrif's Station responded immediately, and once it was determined there was no fire, students and faculty were allowed to re-enter.
Alavardo urges students to be safe when the alarm goes off.
"Leave the area; just evacuate [the building] as far as possible," said Alavardo.
Alvarado added that there is a fine for falsely setting off a fire alarm, but it is unknown who or what exactly caused the alert.
As of 7:55 p.m., the emergency lights inside and outside the building were still flashing and air conditioning to the building was not working.