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Fire forces evacuation at ECC's North Campus

Posted at 9:33 AM, Dec 09, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-04 09:33:25-05

A building on Erie Community College’s North Campus was evacuated Tuesday after a smoky fire.

Flames broke out in an electrical room in the B building, after the Main-Transit Fire Chief says a transformer caught on fire.

ECC has identified the issue with the concern that the smoke alarms went off. Officials say someone saw smoke at 9:04 and called the fire department. The alarm went off at 9:11, once the smoke was outside of the electrical room where the fire started. But the fire department was already on the way.

ECC had all of their fire alarms tested Tuesday and they are all in working order.

Classes were in full session when the fire started and the building was evacuated. There were no injuries.

Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, but the building was filled with smoke and the fire caused a power outage on the North Campus.

As a result, ECC has closed the North Campus and canceled classes from the remainder of the day.

The North Campus and classes will resume as normal on Wednesday.