EMU evacuated after error in fire panel causes false alarm

The EMU was evacuated at approximately 8:15 p.m., on Tuesday when fire alarms sounded in the building. Within 15 minutes, however, the incident was declared a false alarm.

As the alarms sounded, building services coordinator Suzanne Reed instructed everyone in the building to evacuate though the P.A. system.

The issue, according to both Reed and University of Oregon Police Officer Larry Brown, was an error with a fire panel that caused it to trigger the alarm. The exact cause of the error is not known at this time.

False alarms like tonight’s are not uncommon during construction, according to Kelly McIver, public information officer for the UOPD.

Reed said that unless the alarm goes off again tonight, an EMU facilities manager will inspect the fire panel tomorrow morning.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.

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