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August 30, 2013

Odor causes short evacuations of several buildings

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Several buildings on the Purdue University campus were evacuated for short periods on Friday (Aug. 30) afternoon due to reports of a natural gas odor.

Purdue dispatch received a report of a strong gas odor at about 3 p.m. from Hanley Hall. Reports then came in rapid succession from Stone and Young halls, the Krannert Building, Dauch Alumni Center, Rawls Hall, Purdue Memorial Union, Stewart Center, Hicks Library and Lilly Hall.

People in each of the affected buildings were evacuated for a short time before being allowed back in, said assistant fire chief Kevin Clark. By 4:15 p.m., the source of the odor had been narrowed to the area of Young Hall. Authorities reopened all buildings about 5:30 p.m.

Purdue fire and police, along with Vectren Corp., and with assistance from the West Lafayette Fire Department continue to investigate.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

Source: Kevin Clark, 765-494-6919, ksclark@purdue.edu