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UGA building evacuated after electrical short sets off alarm

By Joe Johnson

Students and faculty Friday morning evacuated a building on the University of Georgia campus when a fire alarm sounded.

Units from the Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services Department responded to the Biological Sciences Building on a 7:49 a.m. report of a possible structure there, according to fire Capt. Nate Moss.

“The fire alarm had notified all to evacuate the building,” he said. “When our crews investigated, they found a leaking water pipe that had soaked through the floor of one room, through the ceiling of the floor below. Water had dripped onto a power strip that shorted out. Creating a little smoke and smell of something burning.”

Moss said that there was no actual fire or amount of smoke of any real concern.

“Operations were quickly returned to normal and maintenance was taking care of the problem,” Moss said.

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