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Students Evacuate UF Chemistry Building Due to ‘Minor Leak’

By on January 21st, 2014
Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a minor gas leak situation in Leigh Hall Tuesday morning. No injuries have been reported.

Zak Dahlheimer / WUFT News

Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a minor gas leak situation in Leigh Hall Tuesday morning. No injuries have been reported.

Gainesville Fire Rescue and the University of Florida Police Department cleared Leigh Hall Tuesday morning after responding to reports of a smell coming from one of its labs. The incident is being called a minor gas leak.

According to Major Brad Barber, assistant director of UFPD, there have been no reported injuries from the incident as of 1 p.m. and proper procedures were taken by the individual who reported the incident.

“We are taking the steps, analyzing what took place, isolate what the source of that leak may be and resolve it from there,” Barber said.

Officials are currently investigating what caused the leak, but Barber classified it as “minor in nature.”

Students and faculty were able to re-enter the building and gather their belongings after Alachua County Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials team responded. Some who were in classes closer to the incident site had to wait to retrieve their belongings.

Officials at the incident have not identified the source of the leak but have determined that no additional gasses have leaked.

“They have not been able to smell any other gas coming from that area,” Barber said.

Video from the scene:


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