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Fire alarm evacuates classes from A&S

Fire alarm evacuates classes from A&S

Larry Hook

Hundreds of students were evacuated from LCC’s Arts & Sciences Building Wednesday morning, Sept. 17 at 10:49 a.m. due to an apparent glitch in the fire alarm system.

There was apparently no person or persons responsible for setting off the alarm, according to Kristie Mackie, health and safety officer for Emergency Management and Safety Services at LCC.

“It was a mechanical issue of some sort,” Mackie said. “This was just a fluke and it didn’t continue to act up.”

Mackie said officials were pretty certain right away there was no fire, because a single alarm went off while others ones did not. Still, the building was inspected by LCC police and EMSS officials, as protocol requires.

“We do that every single time there is a fire alarm,” Mackie said. “No matter what we think it may or may not be we do the same procedure. It’s actually a state law … if it goes off everyone must evacuate.”

Students and staff milled around on the south side of Shiawassee Street while the building was inspected. Fortunately for those involved, the weather was sunny and comfortable at the time of the alarm.

The building was declared safe at 11:10 a.m. and students were allowed to re-enter the building and resume classes.

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