‘False alarm’ evacuates Alkek

Senior News Reporter

Students were evacuated from the Alkek Library and teaching theater Tuesday morning after a smoke alarm was set off during elevator maintenance work.

Workers escorted students, faculty and staff outside and marked the library with caution tape around 9 a.m. John Guerra, University Police Department officer, said the evacuation was prompted by dust that set off the smoke alarm.

“Elevator maintenance is working on the elevator and some smoke blew up into the smoke detector and it just set off the alarm,” Guerra said. “It was just kind of a false alarm type thing.”

The students, faculty and staff evacuated from the teaching theater did not resume class after officials reset the smoke alarm.